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BSc Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Academic Year 2020/21

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 processes. All degrees are awarded by Queen's University Belfast.

Programme Title BSc Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Bachelor of Science
Programme Code PMY-BSC-PB UCAS Code B212 HECoS Code 100250 - Pharmacology - 100
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Single Honours Length of Programme 3 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 360
Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Pharmacy

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 6

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Pharmacy (MPharm)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

None

Programme Specific Regulations

Progression policy


Students may carry one incomplete module (equivalent to 20 credit points) to the next level of the degree programme.
Students must pass all level 1 modules before progressing to the final year of the degree programme.
Students undertaking a placement year as part of the degree (sandwich year option) must have passed all modules in levels 1 and 2 of the programme prior to the commencement of their placement.
Students failing resit examinations in modules with a cumulative weighting of more than 40 credit points will be required to withdraw.
Students failing resit assessments in modules with a cumulative weighting of 40 credit points or less will be offered a repeat year.
Students are not permitted more than 3 resit attempts at any module. Students failing a module after 3 resit attempts will be required to withdraw.
Students will be allowed one repeat year only (where a repeat year is defined as one required to be taken by a student due to one or more failed resit examinations), unless there are mitigating reasons to allow a further repeat year to be considered.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

This programme aims to produce graduates with the scientific knowledge and practical skills for a career in the pharmaceutical or related industries, with a particular focus on biotechnology. Successful students will have demonstrated a high degree of scientific understanding, practical ability and transferrable skills that will enable them to make a valuable contribution to society.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Analyse pharmaceutical problems, systems and data in a logical manner.

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
• Research project at Stage 3
• Lectures

Methods of Assessment

• Practical reports
• Coursework assignments
• Oral presentations
• Research Project Dissertation
• Written examinations

Critically evaluate the scientific literature

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Workshops and lectures in scientific literature searching, preparing a critique of a paper, critically evaluating the scientific literature and the use of reference management software
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignment (research paper critique)
• Critical literature review
• Oral presentations
• Written examinations

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
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical assignments
• Oral Presentations
• Written project thesis

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 learning
• Research project at stage 3
• Self-directed learning from core textbooks, journal articles and other relevant sources.

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Critical literature review
• Laboratory reports
• Oral presentations
• Research Project
• Written examinations

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

Think analytically and perform 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
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Practical reports
• Class tests
• Oral presentations
• Research project dissertation
• Written examinations

Demonstrate organisational skills, including the ability to effectively manage projects and meet deadlines

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 presentations
• Research project dissertation
• 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
• Research project at stage 3
• Oral presentations

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework
• Oral presentations
• Research project dissertation

Work and learn independently and under supervision

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures and tutorials at stages 1-3
• This is promoted through a range of coursework at all stages of the programme
• Research project at stage 3
• Directed self-reading/learning

Methods of Assessment

• Written examinations
• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Oral presentations
• Research project dissertation

Effectively use computers and information technology

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

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

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Research project dissertation

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:

Demonstrate knowledge of pharmaceutical science and its application to the design and analysis of medicinal substances.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes in stages 1-3
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Oral presentations
• Research project
• Written examinations

Demonstrate understanding of pharmaceutical science and its application to the formulation, analysis and manufacture of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes in stages 1-3
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Oral presentations
• Research project
• Written examinations

Demonstrate pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic knowledge and apply it to pharmaceutical product development

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes in stages 1-3
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Oral presentations
• Research project
• Written examinations

Describe the applications of the pharmaceutical science and pharmaceutical biotechnology within the pharmaceutical (and related) industries

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Industrial visits and careers events
• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops at stage 3
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Oral presentations
• Research project
• Written examinations

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Describe 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 stages 1-3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Written examinations

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

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

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Written examinations

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 stages 1-3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Written examinations

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 stages 1-3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Written examinations

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
• Written examinations

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Lectures supported by tutorials/workshops/practical classes
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Written examinations
• Oral presentations
• 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
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Written examinations
• Oral presentations
• 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
• Research project at stage 3

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Practical reports
• Written examinations
• Oral presentations
• Research Project

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Discuss the key quality assurance and quality control systems as relevant to pharmaceutical products and/or medical devices

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

• Tutorials
• E-learning material

Methods of Assessment

• Coursework assignments
• Oral presentation
• Reflective portfolio

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Pharmaceutical and Applied Microbiology PMY1021 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 5% 20% 75%
Basic Skills for the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Sciences PMY1052 1 0 YES 2 weeks N YES 0% 100% 0%
Mathematics and Statistical Skills PMY1020 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Pharmaceutical Formulation PMY2025 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 80% 20% 0%
Industry: Quality, Regulation and Entrepreneurship PMY3030 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Structure, Reactivity and Mechanism in Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry CHM1004 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Personalised Medicine and Therapeutics PMY3028 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 40% 0% 60%
Physicochemical Principles for Formulation PMY1025 1 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 5% 20% 75%
Pharmaceutical Physiology - BSc PMY1026 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 20% 60%
Principles of Drug Action PMY2021 2 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 38% 12% 50%
Medicinal Substances BSc PMY2024 2 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 20% 40% 40%
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Research Project PMY3024 3 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 40% 60% 0%
Applied Pharmaceutical Biotechnology PMY3027 3 30 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 25% 25% 50%
Microbial Biotechnology PMY3029 3 10 YES 12 weeks N YES 10% 20% 70%
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PMY2026 2 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 0% 30% 70%

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