Unit title & code :- Skills in Science: BHS022-2
Assignment number and title :- Assignment 1: Business Proposal-Referral
Assignment type :- Oral Presentation
Weighting of assignment :- 100%
Size or length of assessment :- 12 minutes plus 3 for questions
Unit learning outcomes :-
1.Understand the ethical and scientific considerations in experimental design in life sciences.
2.Be able to design a scientific experiment and to produce and present a Power Point presentation conveying this to your peers
BHS022-2 Skills In Science Assignment – UK
What am I required to do in this assignment?
In this assignment you will produce submit and present a 12-minute PowerPoint presentation on a novel business idea to an audience of your peers and academic staff.
I. You will develop an idea of your own for a new commercial product or service relevant to your degree course. You will then develop this idea into an oral pitch which addresses the criteria set out below.
II. For this assignment, you have been allocated an academic supervisor to help you through the process. You can approach your supervisor to receive further feedback on your business idea and your presentation slides.
III. The presentation will consist of the following elements:
o an explanation of the scientific rationale behind the novel product/service;
o the design of an experiment to test your product service including statistical analyses and
o an appreciation for ethics, health and safety and legal issues in the design of the experiment or implementation of the product service.
Timeline of activity :
1.Submit presentation slides
2.Delivery of final presentation present
What do I need to do to pass?
1. Identify a novel scientific product or service related to your degree course.
2. Clearly convey your scientific ideas via a PowerPoint presentation.
3. Design a basic scientific experiment related to your chosen product which considers ethics and applies appropriate statistics
How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?
Set out below is an example presentation structure; the exact structure of your presentation may differ depending on the product service you develop.
Background (2-3 minutes/slides):
Your introduction should review published scientific commercial literature and identify a current scientific need for a product or service relevant to your degree course You should clearly explain the scientific basis behind your idea and work already done in this field. You must indicate the origin of the information in your slides. This introduction should provide the context within which you will develop your product idea.
Product Development and Marketing (3-4 minutes/slides):
You should clearly define what your product or service is and the science underlying it using diagrams and/or data where appropriate. You need to explain broadly how you would develop your product service from an initial idea into some thing you could sell e.g. what equipment facilities or research might be required. You should also make clear what the expected timescale for commercialising your idea would be, and consider how you might find the financial support to fund its development. You should also explain who your likely target market would be and how you would advertise promote your product to that market. This section should also consider what you would charge for your product service and how you would make a profit or how it benefits society as a whole.
Scientific testing (3-4 minutes/slides): You should design a scientific experiment to test one of the following which is appropriate to your product service: (a) Whether your product works? (b) Is your product better than others competing in the market? (c) How successful is your service/campaign? The exact design of experiment will depend on the nature of your product. It should include technical detail and take statistical analyses into account i.e. sample size and appropriate statistical test.
Ethical Health and Safety and Legal Considerations (1-2 minutes):
You must consider any issues that may influence your ability to either test your product service or take it to market. This should include reference to any regulatory bodies that may need to be consulted and any legal processes with which you would need to comply. You should discuss any ethical health and safety or other concerns relevant to your proposal.
How does this assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?
Lectures and tutorials will cover content related to different aspects of the proposal and presentation skills including literature search statistical analysis and intellectual property. In addition you were allocated to a peer support group with an academic supervisor who provided help through group and individual meeting during Sem 2.