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PA30350: Engaging the public with drug discovery research

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: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 30%, PF 70%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Group Presentation (CW 20%)
  • Individual Reflective Portfolio (PF 70%)
  • Peer Assessment (CW 10%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take PA30234
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To engage the student in activities and approaches aimed at communicating drug discovery research with the public. To highlight the context and importance of public engagement with research. To provide training in a range of transferable skills relating to creativity, project management, team working, evaluation and self-reflection. To develop core communication skills including reflective writing and reflective practice.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this unit the student will be able to:
* Rationalise the required approach for a public engagement activity taking into account aims, contexts and audiences
* Conduct public engagement activities that may involve interaction with a range of publics (e.g. children, adults, patient groups)
* Have an awareness of health and safety requirements and planning for interactive public events
* Evaluate and reflect upon the effectiveness of public engagement activities.
* Demonstrate initiative, creativity and industry
* Demonstrate their ability to work successfully with peers.

Written communication (T/F/A)
Verbal communication (T/F A)
Project management (T/F A)
Team working (T/F A)
Evaluation (T/F A)
Problem solving (T/F A)

Students will attend a number of lectures which will address topics including; the aims, contexts and audiences for public engagement (PE); how to creatively design and evaluate PE activities. Students will engage in workshops and examine case studies and literature on PE to develop an understanding of what makes for successful PE with research. Students will work in teams with an academic researcher in the Department to identify, design and deliver a public engagement activity to an audience of their choice (e.g. children, adults, patient groups) using appropriate media such as through interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops or digital media. Students will receive training in techniques of science communication and public engagement and will be expected to evaluate their activities and reflect on their performance and skills development throughout the unit.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA30350 is Optional 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)