Plant Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship
University College Dublin
Area of Study
Biology, Environmental Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewThis course aims to awaken in students an entrepreneurial spirit in relation to biology. The course has two
themes, the first deals with molecular biology and its application in biotechnology. Topics covered will
include; chloroplast transformation: secondary metabolite production in cultured cells, micropropagation
techniques; vaccine production in plants; biolistics; pharmaceutical production in plants. The second theme
is business oriented and involves an introduction to business studies. The structure and development of a small
business enterprise is examined and production of a business plan to capitalise and exploit a business venture
is developed. Students will be placed in groups of 3-5 and will propose a business venture (which does not
have to be plant oriented) that they must then research. Students will benefit from workshops to help them
with the marketing and finance aspects of the plan.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.