Module title: Current Research in Pharmaceutical Science

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS11111
Module leader: Stefan Erhardt
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science


2020/1, 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: Stefan Erhardt
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Each topic will be introduced via a short introduction by the lecturer followed by students’ discussion and workshop type activities, tasks and exercises. Interactive classroom activities will encourage students’ engagement with the study topic. During the teaching session the lecturer will comment the class’s discussion which will allow students to receive direct feedback.
Support sessions for essay writing and presentations will be provided as part of the module.

Formative Assessment:
Students will be able to submit a draft version of their essay to receive formative feedback.
Students will also have the opportunity for a test presentation one week prior to the summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
An essay of 2500 words due in week 10 (50%) will assess the LO1, 2 and 3.
A oral presentation (10 + 5 min discussion) in week 13 (50%) will assess LO4 and 5.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 22
Independent Learning Guided independent study 178
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2 & 3 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Oral Presentation 50 4 & 5 13 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Current topics in pharmaceutical and drug development research, phases of clinical drug testing, regulation of medicines, formulation and manufacturing processes. Introductory ethics and the history of “ethical” regulation and legal implications of being “unethical”. Exploration of specific topics, e.g. drug testing, when testing goes wrong, the use of animal models in drug development and testing.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the key stages in the basic scientific research, pharmaceutical development, industrial quality guidelines, clinical evaluation and regulation of medicines.
LO2: Evaluate the regulatory process in drug research and development.
LO3: Discuss the impact of ethics and ethical regulation in the pharmaceutical industry, using specific examples.
LO4 Understanding of current challenges in pharmaceutical research and development.
LO5: Critically appraise drug testing and development methods.

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