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BSc Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Sandwich)

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

BSc Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Sandwich)

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

PMY-BSC-BI

UCAS Code

B213

JACS Code

B210 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-level: BBB including Chemistry and at least one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics + GCSE Biology grades C or GCSE Double Award Science grades CC + GCSE Mathematics grade C. Note: Biology to at least AS preferred.

Irish Leaving Certificate: B2B2B2B2CC/B2B2B2B2B2 including Higher Level grade B2 in Biology and Chemistry + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade C in Mathematics.

International qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents, please click on 'Your Country' in the International Students website (www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/).

For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you are an international student and you do not meet the entrance requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will prepare you for successful study on these degree courses. INTO at Queen's is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses including the International Foundation in Engineering and Science

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

4 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

480

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Pharmacy

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Pharmacy (MPharm)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Prof. Yvonne Perrie

University of Strathclyde

Prof. Gary Stephens

University of Reading

Prof. Mark Searcey

University of East Anglia

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Sandwich year

Students will only be permitted to undertake the Sandwich year after they successfully secure a placement of at least 48-weeks in duration. It is the responsibility of the student to secure this placement. Students who do not secure a placement, by the start of September on the year placement will be undertaken, will normally be required to transfer to the BSc Pharmaceutical Sciences pathway (PMY-BSC-SC). Students would normally be required to have passed all Level 1 and Level 2 modules before taking up their placement.


Progression policy:

This programme follows the General Regulations University Calendar for Undergraduate Students.


NB: Students are not normally permitted more than one repeat year at any level, or 3 resit attempts at any module. Students requiring a second repeat year or failing any module after 3 resit attempts will normally be withdrawn by the School

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

• Develop their interest in, and understanding of, the pharmaceutical biotechnology and science by following a high-quality educational curriculum

• Understand the key scientific issues required for a successful career in biotechnology industries

• Be equipped with the necessary skills and experience to be life-long learners

• Demonstrate a strong knowledge base of biological and conventional therapies how they act

• Carry out research in pharmaceutical biotechnology

• Demonstrate an understanding of the regulatory environment in pharmaceutical biotechnology

• Develop practical laboratory skills relevant to pharmaceutical science and pharmaceutical biotechnology

• Demonstrate a range of key skills and employability skills to enable them to make a valuable contribution to society

• Develop their full potential

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Think logically, analyse problems, systems and data in a pharmaceutical framework

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Practical classes increasing in complexity through stages 1-3
• Workshops in pharmaceutical microbiology, basic numeracy, statistical methods for analysis of pharmaceutical data
• Final year project
• Lectures

Methods of Assessment

• Practical reports
• Coursework assignments
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project
• Marked Assignments
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)

Critically evaluate the scientific literature

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Workshops and lectures in scientific literature searching, how to effectively prepare a critique, critically evaluating the scientific literature and use of reference management software
• Undergraduate Research Project
• Lectures on emerging research topics at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignment (scientific research paper critique)
• Critical literature review and oral presentation of final year project
• Examination
• Examinations (short questions and/or long questions)

Carry out structured organisation and planning of their work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Coursework, laboratory report writing and project resource limitations
• Preparation for Workshops/tutorials
• Completion of literature review, oral presentation and preparation of final year research thesis to specified deadlines

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework/laboratory assignments
• Oral Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project thesis and critical literature review

Learn independently, under supervision and additionally within a group environment

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Working in groups and individually during practical classes at stages 1,2 and 3
• Mini group projects at stages 2 and 3
�� Undergraduate research project

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical Assignments
• Oral Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written project thesis

Efficiently analyse and summarise core concepts from diverse sources. Prioritise the different elements in a complex system.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures
• Practical classes
• Workshops and Tutorial based discussion
• Problem-based assignments
• Undergraduate Research Project
• Self-directed learning largely derived from core textbooks and from journal articles.

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Critical Literature review at Stage 3
• Lab-reports based upon collation of complex experimental data
• Oral Presentations at stages 1,2 and 3.
• Written Undergraduate Research Project
• Written examinations

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Carry out analytical thinking and critical analysis

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Individual and group practical classes at stages 1,2 and 3
• Workshops/Tutorials at stages 1 and 2
• Critical evaluation of scientific literature at stage 3
• Undergraduate Research Project

Methods of Assessment

• Marked practical class assignments
• MCQ class tests
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)

Carry out organisational skills as well as project and time management skills

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Coursework, laboratory report writing and project resource limitations
• Preparation for Workshops/tutorials
• Completion of literature review, oral presentation and preparation of final year research thesis to specified deadlines

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework/laboratory assignments
• Oral Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project thesis and critical literature review

Present general pharmaceutical data/material in both written and oral form

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Workshops/tutorials at stages 1 and 2
• Group practical at stage 3
• Undergraduate Research Project
• Oral presentations

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework
• Marked Assignments
• Preparation of poster presentation from lab data at stage 3
• Oral presentations at stages 1-3
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project

Work and learn independently and under supervision

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures at stages 1-3
• Tutorials
• This is promoted through a range of coursework at all stages of the programme
• Undergraduate Research Project
• Directed self-reading/learning

Methods of Assessment

• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)
• Completion of coursework assignment and practical reports with agreed deadlines
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project

Meet deadlines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• This is a requirement throughout the degree programme with deadlines for assignments, submission of poster presentations, oral presentations and in preparation for tutorials/workshops.

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project

Use of computers and information technology effectively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• General and subject specific IT skills developed through module assignments. Practical training in computer-based software tools provided at stages 1-3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments and research project

Work collaboratively

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Group projects are embedded in laboratory work and in mini-projects across stages 1-3.
• Students expected to work in teams in specific workshops and tutorials

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Understand and know the pharmaceutical sciences and the application of these to the design and analysis of medicinal substances.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes in physicochemical principles of formulation, chemistry, industrial pharmaceutics, advanced drug delivery platforms, medicinal substances, applied biotherapeutics and drug design and pharmaceutical analysis
• Final year research project

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework Assignments
• Practical reports
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)

Understand and know the pharmaceutical sciences and the application of these to the formulation, analysis and manufacture of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes in physicochemical principles of formulation, chemistry, industrial pharmaceutics, advanced drug delivery platforms, medicinal substances, and drug design and pharmaceutical analysis
• Final year research project

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework Assignments
• Practical reports
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)

Understand and know the principles of drug action, the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of medicinal substances and application of this knowledge to pharmaceutical product development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes in pharmaceutical physiology and principles of drug action, industrial pharmaceutics, and advanced drug delivery systems
• Final year research project

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework Assignments
• Practical reports
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)

Understand and hold specialist knowledge of the applications of the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmaceutical biotechnology within the pharmaceutical (and related) industries.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Industrial visits and careers events
• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops in Applied Biotherapeutics and Quality Assurance, industrial pharmaceutics and advanced drug delivery systems.
• Final year research project

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework Assignments
• Practical reports
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Understand the principles of cell structure, function and properties of molecules of biological interest

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes in pharmaceutical physiology, principles of drug action and advanced drug delivery systems

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)

Understand the relationship between structure and function of drug molecules and their subsequent biological use

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes in chemistry, structure and function of medicinal substances, principles of drug action and advanced drug delivery systems

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)

Understand and utilise a variety of chromatographic and analytical techniques relevant to pharmaceutical analysis

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes in chemistry, quantification and characterisation of medicinal substances, industrial pharmaceutics, advanced drug delivery systems and drug design and pharmaceutical analysis

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)

Identify and quantify drug molecules and biological therapies within pharmaceutical products and biological media

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes in chemistry, quantification and characterisation of medicinal substances, industrial pharmaceutics, advanced drug delivery systems and drug design and pharmaceutical analysis

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)

Utilise a variety of existing databases and structure prediction tools in pharmaceutical research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes at stages 1-3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)

Design, formulate and manufacture pharmaceutical dosage forms and assign product specifications

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes in medicinal substances, industrial pharmaceutics, advanced drug delivery systems, quality assurance and regulatory aspects of pharmaceutical manufacture
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project

Problem solve within a pharmaceutical setting

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures (stages 1-3)
• Tutorials/workshops (Stages 1-3)
• Practical classes at stages 1-3
• Undergraduate Research Project

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework
• Marked Assignments
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project

Understand the development and formulation pathways for biotherapeutics of relevance to the Pharmaceutical Biotechnology industry

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops in Applied Biotherapeutics and Quality Assurance, Industrial Pharmaceutics and Advanced Drug Delivery Systems
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Examinations (MCQ, short questions, long questions)
• Presentation of Undergraduate Research Project
• Written Undergraduate Research Project

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Structure, Reactivity and Mechanism in Organic and Biorganic Chemistry

CHM1004

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Mathematics and Statistical Skills

PMY1020

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Principles of Drug Action

PMY2021

2

40

24 weeks

N

YES

25%

25%

50%

Physicochemical Principles for Formulation

PMY1025

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

25%

75%

Pharmaceutical and Applied Microbiology

PMY1021

1

20

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

5%

20%

75%

Industrial Placement

PMY3100

3

120

48 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Basic Skills for the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Sciences

PMY1052

1

0

YES

2 weeks

N

YES

0%

100%

0%

Pharmaceutical Physiology - BSc

PMY1026

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

10%

30%

60%

Medicinal Substances BSc

PMY2024

2

40

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

40%

40%

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Research Project

PMY3024

4

40

24 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Pharmaceutical Formulation

PMY2025

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

20%

60%

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

PMY2026

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

25%

25%

50%

Applied Biotechnology and Regulatory Affairs

PMY3027

4

30

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

30%

50%

Biological Approaches to Disease Treatment and Prevention

PMY3028

4

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

30%

50%

Biopharmaceutical Analysis

PMY3029

4

10

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Industrial Biotechnology

PMY3030

4

20

24 weeks

N

YES

20%

30%

50%

Notes