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PA30035: Dissertation in pharmacy

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
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 Summary: DS 80%, OR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (DS 80%)
  • Oral Presentation (OR 20%)
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, critically reviewing their findings and presenting them orally and in a well-organised piece of writing.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing the Unit, the students should be able to:
1. Use methods of searching for information, papers and reviews on a pharmaceutically related topic in a library and in electronic media.
2. Analyse, evaluate and critically review this information.
3. Assess the reliability and importance of individual pieces of information according to their source and relevance to the topic.
4. Draw conclusions from the information collected.
5. Prepare and construct an organised, well-argued and concise written dissertation.
6. Prepare, produce and present a short oral presentation using the powerpoint package, including appropriate responses to oral questions from peers.

Information gathering (F/A); critical evaluation (T/F/A); IT skills (F); oral communication (T/F/A); written communication (F/A).

A topic related to the science and practice of pharmacy will be chosen by each student in consultation with a tutor assigned to each student to monitor progress, give advice and assess the dissertation and oral presentation.
Two lectures will be given to all the students to introduce the unit and to give general guidance on planning library work, assessing the quality and relevance of data, preparing the oral presentation 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:

PA30035 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
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