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PA30222: Pharmacology dissertation for Natural Sciences

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: DS 80%, OR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Oral Presentation (OR 20%)
  • Written Dissertation (DS 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of the unit is that the students gain skills in conducting a literature survey on a chosen topic, collating and reviewing their findings and presenting them both as a short oral mini-lecture and in a well-organised piece of writing.

Learning Outcomes:
When the students have completed the unit, they should be able to: use methods of searching for information on a pharmacologically related topic in a library and other information sources, critically review this information and assess the reliability and importance of individual pieces of information according to their source and relevance to the topic, construct an organised, well argued and concise dissertation (approx 5000 words) using this information, give a short oral presentation (15 minutes total) based on the dissertation material.

Planning and organisation (T/F/A)
Study skills (F)
Information and communication technology (T/F/A)
Written communication (T/F/A)
Oral communication (T/F/A).

A topic related to the science of pharmacology will be chosen by each student from a list provided. A tutor will be assigned to each student to monitor progress, give advice and assess the dissertation and oral presentation. An introductory lecture will be given to all the students to give general guidance on planning library and electronic database work, assessing the quality and relevance of data and writing the dissertation. Three tutorials will be given by the tutors to assigned groups of students; in these tutorials, the student will be given further guidance and their progress will be monitored.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA30222 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* 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.