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27690 From idea to project plan in biotech and pharmaceutical research (module 1)

General Competence course, Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering
General Competence course, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
General Competence course, Biotechnology

Danish title:

Fra idé til projektplan i biotek- og farmaforskning (modul 1)


Point( ECTS )


Course type:

Generel competence course, MSc. Eng., Bioinformatics Systems Biology
Generel competence course, MSc. Eng., Biotechnology


E4B (Fri 8-12) and E3B (Fri 13-17)
The course ends circa 7 weeks before the end of the 13-week period. The oral exam takes place on the last day of the course.


Campus Lyngby

Scope and form:

Lectures, group work

Duration of Course:

13 weeks

Date of examination:

On last course day

Type of assessment:



Not applicable together with:

General course objectives:

The aim of the course is to provide the participants with the necessary tools and framework for formulating and planning projects relevant to the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

Learning objectives:

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
  • Demonstrate ability to systematically search, retrieve and critically assess relevant scientific and market literature from the World Wide Web.
  • Understand how to set timelines and define milestones, work packages and deliverables.
  • Plan and perform task delegation, communication and following up among group members.
  • Present, explain, discuss and defend project ideas orally and in writing to group members and to decision makers.
  • Describe examples of typical real-life projects and strategies in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.
  • Understand and explain specific formal and practical requirements for biotech and pharma-related scientific projects.
  • Transform a scientific idea into a coherent research grant proposal.
  • Use basic project management tools in the development of a scientific project plan.


The first half of the course consists of lectures, in which we introduce the students to projects and strategy in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry and we provide them with a basic project management toolkit (SWOT analysis, Gantt chart, Work Breakdown Structure, Risk Assessment). During the second half of the course, the students work in groups of 2 to 4, taking into consideration that course participants are students from different MSc lines. The students from the Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering MSc are presented with a number of real-life problems from industrial partners, from which they should choose one. Thereafter, they are asked to submit a report in the form of a research grant proposal. The report should highlight the aim of the suggested project and should describe how they approach, delimit and plan each project phase. It is highly encouraged, but not required, that the students will continue working on the selected project throughout all modules of the integrated project. Students from other MSc lines that are interested in following the course should be aware of that they should come with their own project ideas within biotech and pharmaceutical research.


This course constitutes the first module of the integrated second year course in Pharmaceutical Design and Engineering.

Green challenge participation:

Please contact the teacher for information on whether this course gives the student the opportunity to prepare a project that may participate in DTU´s Study Conference on sustainability, climate technology, and the environment (GRØN DYST). More infor http://www.groendyst.dtu.dk/english


Sine Reker Hadrup , Frederiksberg, Building F, Ph. (+45) 3588 6290 , sirha@vet.dtu.dk
Eirini Kouskoumvekaki , irene@cbs.dtu.dk


27 Department of Systems Biology

Department involved:

24 National Veterinary Institute

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Last updated: 17. juli, 2015