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PA30258: Pharmacology (BSc) dissertation

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:
  • Written Dissertation (DS 80%)
  • PA302858 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, collating and reviewing their findings and presenting them as a well-organised piece of writing, and as part of an assessed oral presentation.

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 4000 words) using this information, construct and deliver a concise (15-minute) and informative oral presentation on the subject.

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

Each student will be assigned their own individual tutor. A topic related to the science of pharmacology will be chosen by the tutor. The tutor will monitor progress, give advice and assess the dissertation. An introductory lecture will be given by the unit convenor 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. Further tutorials will be given by the tutor during which the students will be given further guidance and their progress will be monitored.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA30258 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.