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PA10262: Research and scientific communication for pharmacologists

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 20%, MC 30%, OT 20%, PR 30%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (ES 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Statistics MCQ (MC 30% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Group Report (OT 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Lab Report (PR 30% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
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:
To introduce the student to methods of individual and group learning and assessment, including library and web-based resources; to outline the importance of self-directed study, personal development planning and continuing professional development. To introduce the student to safe laboratory practice, basic concepts of experimental error and structured laboratory report writing.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the unit the student should be able to:
1. organise effective notes;
2. demonstrate use of library and appropriate computing facilities in the University to research and to write essays and laboratory reports in a scientific style;
3. calculate basic statistical distributions and summarise data;
4. work safely in a chemistry/pharmacology laboratory.

Study skills, planning & organisation, handling information (T/F)
Written communication (T/F/A)
Information and communication technology (T/F/A)
Problem solving (T/F/A)
Scientific and practical skills (T/F/A).

Key skills including effective study and note taking. Continuing professional development. Introduction to University computer facilities. Use of electronic communications, the library and bibliographic searches. Basic word-processing and spreadsheet use. Statistical distributions, calculation of mean, median, variance, regression. Use of statistical software. Directed essay writing (in tutor groups). Importance of group work. Introduction to pharmacology practicals.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA10262 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Pharmacology (Year 1)
  • USPA-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Pharmacology with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • USPA-AKM02 : MPharmacol(Hons) Pharmacology with Year long work placement (Year 1)