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PA50411: Towards precision medicine

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 10%, EX 90%
Assessment Detail:
  • Online Test on Core Knowledge (CW 10%)
  • Examination (EX 90%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Description: Aims:
The aim of the unit is to provide an understanding of translational science and how to bring fundamental research into the clinic. The objective will be to develop a knowledge and understanding of specific topics encompassing membrane biophysics, atypical models for pharmacological evaluation of novel therapeutic agents, quantitative diagnostics and prognosis and application of these to clinical trials.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit the student should be able to:
* explain the importance of individual profiling of patients to determine appropriate treatments;
* critically evaluate the use of cutting-edge analytical tools for analysing the functional events in the dysregulation of various pathologies;
* demonstrate the ability to analyse clinical trial data.

Numeracy (F, A), Problem solving (T, F, A), Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F).

An in depth treatment of selected topics covering advances in molecular signalling to include:
* Basic introduction to interdisciplinary science delivered online 2hr
* Membrane biophysics
* Marine Model Organisms
* Advanced Cell biology and signalling
* Functional genomics and proteomics
* Advanced quantitative imaging.

Programme availability:

PA50411 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology


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