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PA50411: Towards precision medicine

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
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)
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.

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.

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

Content: 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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