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PA40214: Recent advances in drug discovery

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: 3
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: CW 85%, OT 15%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Reassessment not allowed
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this unit you cannot take PA30214
Further information on descriptions 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 and understanding of current developments in drug discovery programmes within the pharmaceutical industry.
* Be able to demonstrate an ability to generate, analyse and evaluate critically a selection of research papers covering a specific area of current drug discovery.

Critical analysis (T/F/A)
Written communication (T/F/A)
Verbal communication (F).

Guest lecturers from pharmaceutical companies will speak on various aspects of drug target identification and validation as well as drug discovery within the biomedical field. The workshops will develop themes raised in the lectures and introduce the written assessment.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA40214 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AKM02 : MPharmacology (hons) (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4

PA40214 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • RSBB-AFM08 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Regenerative Medicine Route) (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TXXX-AFM10 : MRes Regenerative Medicine (Full-time) - Year 1
Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 5

* 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.