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PA30140: Critical and communicative skills in pharmacology

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: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 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 this unit is to develop cognitive and transferable skills through critical analysis and interpretation of research publications in pharmacology, and by the practice of oral and written communication of scientific information.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit, the student should be able to:
1. describe and comment upon the key points and conclusions of research papers;
2. interpret research findings in a logical and critical manner.

Study skills, handling information and data interpretation (T/F/A)
Oral communication (T/F)
Written communication (T/F/A).

Exercises in rapid analysis of scientific literature to identify key findings; more measured critical analysis of sample papers, with a written commentary of key conclusions and their validity; statistics workshops;; short oral presentation ofscientific data.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA30140 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Pharmacology (Year 3)
  • USPA-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Pharmacology with Year long work placement (Year 4)

* 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.
* 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.