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PA30299: Biotechnology: art and science

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW25 %, EX 75%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Reassessment not allowed
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take PA20293 or equivalent.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are to gain an understanding of historical events that have shaped the current use of biotechnology to prepare protein and peptide therapeutic drugs and to appreciate the potential uses of biotechnology-based techniques for validating clinical targets for directed cellular therapies and drug discovery.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit, the student should be able to: recount historical events that led to step-wise changes in biotechnology as they apply to the pharmaceutical industry, show an in-depth understanding of current applications involving biotechnology-based technologies, evaluate the feasibility of using one biotechnology-based approach over another, and synthesize an integrated plan for using biotechnology-based technologies for the research and development of a novel therapeutic agent.

Scientific skills (T/F/A)
Study skills, handling information, working with others (T/F)
Problem solving (T/F/A).

Fundamental aspects of molecular biology, microbiology, mammalian cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, systemic physiology (and related patho-physiology), and drug delivery will be covered as they relate to the history and applications of biotechnology-based technologies. The content is intended to present an integrated approach for the student to become well-acquainted with the art and science of biotechnology.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA30299 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AFB02 : BSc (hons) Pharmacology (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USPA-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Pharmacology (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.