Core Module Information
Module title: Professional Practice 2

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS10111
Module leader: Catharina Alam
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to develop your critical reading and writing skills, and supporting you to review evidence and synthesise complex ideas into a scientifically and professionally written report. This module builds on the skills developed in trimester 1. The module also aims to develop your knowledge of research methodology including understanding aspects of research design, creating proposals, and planning research. You will further develop your analytical, problem solving and time management skills, and there will be an opportunity to develop your peer review and feedback skills in the preparation of your assessments. You will be expected to contribute to class discussions, thus further developing your communication and team working skills, and to reflect on your skills development towards the end of the module.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate and summarise scientific information from a variety of sources for incorporation into a written report.

LO2: Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of an area of current interest in the discipline of Pharmaceutical analysis

LO3: Demonstrate an understanding of the research process including basics of experimental design and research planning.

LO4: Critically evaluate current literature and demonstrate understanding acquired through this process.

LO5: Examine scientific arguments, and present a balanced and critical review.

LO6: Reflect on the challenges of skills development and present evidence of skills competency acquired across the programme of study.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Samantha Campbell Casey
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A mixture of face to face and independent learning will be employed on this module to support your learning. Face to face teaching will involve lecture and smaller group tutorial classes to cover key concepts. The concepts will build on the topics covered in Tri 1. Smaller group sessions will allow discussion of key challenges and support evaluation and analysis of the literature. To ensure every learner is as active as possible, all classes will contain collaborative interactive exercises, and questions are encouraged within all face to face teaching and via Moodle.

You will be expected to work independently using a range of resources provided online via Moodle to develop your knowledge and skills development in preparation for assessment submissions. The assessment will consist of two components. The first is the preparation of a report (LO’s 1-3) which will look at a current issue within the subject discipline. The second component will be composed of two elements. The first element is a short, written critique which will question the knowledge and understanding of one of a series of papers taught throughout the module (LO’s 4-5). The second element is a short, reflective portfolio which will allow you to demonstrate skills acquisition over the course of the programme of study and identify areas of challenge (LO 6).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will begin with group, and then later individual activities, to support your critique and evaluation of current literature for use in the preparation of your written report (LO1 & LO4). For some of you this may be a challenging activity, so feedback will be provided in a supportive manner throughout the module, and it will build on the learning from semester 1 modules by using similar resources to enhance the depth of learning and understanding. You will be expected to provide peer feedback on drafts of other work, allowing you an opportunity to develop peer review skills and enhance the collaborative learning process.

Summative Assessment:
Component 1 will take the form of a scientific report (LO’s 1-3) worth 50% of the module mark and will allow you the opportunity to explore an area of interest within the area of pharmaceutical analysis. You will be expected to explore the literature and select appropriate resources and evaluate and synthesise key findings into a written report.

Component 2 contains two elements and is worth 50% of the module mark. The first element will assess LO’s 4-5 and is worth 25%, it will question the knowledge and understanding of one of the papers which have been taught throughout the module. A class test will allow you to prepare a short, written critique of the paper by answering a series of tutor supplied questions. You will be allowed to take in an annotated copy of the paper and will have been supported with activities throughout the module to ensure that you understand what is expected and are prepared to use the source to answer the questions in the class test.

The second element of assessment is worth 25% and consists of a short, reflective portfolio of evidence which will allow you to demonstrate skills acquisition over the course of the programme of study and identify areas of challenge (LO6). You will be able to include a range of evidence from across the programme of study including extra curricular activity you have engaged in to support your learning.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2,3 12 , WORDS= 1500
Class Test 25 4,5 (critique) 5 HOURS= 01.30
Portfolio 25 6 14/15 , WORDS= 800
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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