2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CHEM2600 Chemistry: Idea to Market
10 creditsClass Size: 53
Module manager: Dr Chris Pask
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsLevel 1 in Chemistry programmes of study or equivalent
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryChemistry: Idea to Market is designed to give students an insight into the various stages involved in new product development, from an initial project brief, to product launch, in the chemical and allied industries. During the module, students will work as a team to develop a new product, taking it through to launch at a final “pitch to the board” presentation. This module will help students to develop a wide range of skills such as team work, project management, time management information searching and also develop their commercial awareness.Students will also reflect upon and evaluate their own contribution to a team project.
Objectives- To give students an insight into industrial new product development, from concept to market, in the chemical and allied industries
- Develop team working skills and other transferable skills as well as enable students to evaluate their own contribution to a team project
The module employs a team project-based approach to new product development in the chemical and allied industries. The module will lead students through the various stages involved in taking a product from concept to market. Students will present their findings in a “Dragon’s Den” style session at the end of the module.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Consider the key factors in new product development;
- Follow a project management protocol;
- Carry out a feasibility study on a new product;
- Undertake market analysis for a new product;
- Gain experience in finance/budgeting for new product development;
- Evaluate health and safety for new production processes;
- Consider the significance regulatory compliance in the introduction of new products;
- Know what is involved in developing a new product for commercial release in the chemical and allied industries and,
- Present their findings to an expert audience.
Team working, communication and presentation skills, time management/organizational skills, critical thinking, creativity, enterprise, self-reflection and peer assessment will all be developed.
- Group dynamics and introduction to the module
- Idea generation and identifying market need.
- Project management tools and practices
- Role of Marketing in NPD.
- Generating and protecting IP
- Development stage – product development, testing (QC, stability, sensory, clinical, as appropriate) and, technical and commercial validation
- Scale up
- Safety considerations (HAZOP, HAZAN)
- Regulatory clearance (REACH, MHRA, etc).
- Supply chain (including economics, ethics, sustainability)
- Commercial pre-launch activities.
- Preparation and delivery of a “pitch” to the Board of Directors
- Finance and budgeting (throughout the process).
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||20.00|
|Private study hours||64.00|
|Total Contact hours||16.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyOnline lectures, course materials and links to resources will be made available in the VLE.
The students will be expected to meet in their case study groups at least 5 times for a period of 2 hours during the module.
Independent learning will comprise of gathering the necessary information to complete the case study.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackThrough contribution to seminars.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Group Project||Group Project Report (2000 words max) and supporting materials for Den||50.00|
|Presentation||Verbal "Dragon's Den" style presentation||30.00|
|Reflective log||Individual log and skills audit||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 09/11/2021
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