Core Module Information
Module title: Biotechnology and Drug Discovery

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

Module code: MIC11108
Module leader: Craig Stevens
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Microbiology & Drug Discovery


Description of module content:

You will be introduced to emerging technologies in the Biomedical Sciences discipline (e.g. Stem cells, Genome editing, Immunotherapy) and learn how they are being applied to transform drug development and delivery. You will develop important, transferable scientific communication skills by presenting a seminar and by synthesis of written reports.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Critically appraise the molecular determinants and rationale involved in determining target pathways in drug discovery and development.
LO2: Critically appraise emerging technologies used in drug development.
LO3: Critically explore the impact of a range of new drug delivery platforms.
LO4: Challenge and reflect on current topical issues using examples from relevant scientific literature and develop skills of critical analysis and presentation/communication.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2021/2, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Craig Stevens
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and supporting tutorials. Lectures include interactive sessions during which you will work in small groups to undertake exercises to develop skills in critical and independent thinking (LO1-4). This module addresses current developments in drug development and delivery and includes critical analysis of relevant recent research publications (LO1-4). Key employability skills are embedded and assessed – including critical and independent thinking, reviewing literature, scientific writing (LO1-4).
You will be expected to appraise current literature and keep up-to-date in this rapidly moving field (LO1-4).

Formative Assessment:
You will engage in interactive components including a 1 hour oral presentation in week 3 to 12 and group discussions in week 1 to 12, during which you will be asked to critically appraise scientific literature of relevance to the module. This formative assessment and the feedback obtained will aid your understanding and employability skills (LO1-4).

Summative Assessment:
Coursework assessment in the form of a learning journal (LO1-4), in week 9 and an extended essay (LO 1-4) in week 14/15 will be used to assess knowledge and understanding of the theoretical aspects of this module.

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
Learning Log 25 1-4 9 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 500
Project - Written 75 1-4 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 25
Component 2 subtotal: 75
Module subtotal: 100

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