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PA40214: Recent advances in drug discovery

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 85%, OT 15%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 85%)
  • Presentation (OT 15%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Reassessment not allowed
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take PA30214
Description: Aims:
To extend the student's knowledge of how pharmaceutical companies are utilising contemporary scientific advances to identify drug targets and develop new drugs, and to promote their ability to undertake critical analysis of drug target selection and discovery programmes.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this unit the student will:
* Have developed an in-depth knowledge of current developments in drug discovery programmes within the pharmaceutical industry.
* Have developed an appreciation of the strategies required for drug optimisation including the role of medicinal chemistry, pharmacokinetics and toxicology
* Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyse and critically evaluate a selection of research papers covering a specific area of current drug discovery.

Skills:
ICT (T/F/A)
Critical analysis (T/F/A)
Written communication (T/F/A)
Verbal communication (F/A)
Group work (F/A)

Content:
Students will attend a series of seminars designed to provide an insight into the challenges of drug discovery and development. . Guest lecturers from pharmaceutical companies will speak on various aspects of novel drug target identification and validation as well as current examples of drug discovery within the biomedical field. Students will attend lectures and work in small groups to look at identification of novel targets and optimisation of drug candidates.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA40214 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AKM02 : MPharmacol(Hons) Pharmacology with Year long work placement (Year 4)

PA40214 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biochemistry with Pharmacology stream) (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biochemistry with Pharmacology stream) with Study year abroad (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biochemistry with Pharmacology stream) with Professional Placement (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology with Pharmacology stream) (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology with Pharmacology stream) with Study year abroad (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Biology with Pharmacology stream) with Professional Placement (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Pharmacology stream) (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Pharmacology stream) with Study year abroad (Year 5)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Chemistry with Pharmacology stream) with Professional Placement (Year 5)

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