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Undergraduate Course: Pharmacology Project (PHBM10018)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryDissertation based on an analysis, or a laboratory-based research project.
Course description The Pharmacology Project provides the opportunity for you to explore at the cutting edge a defined and current topic under general supervision. Analysis-based projects offer an excellent opportunity to carry out an in-depth review of the current research status of a topical field of interest and its future prospects for development - especially suitable for those students who have already decided that their future career will not be based in experimental pharmacology. A laboratory-based project enables a student to gain insight into the pleasures, difficulties, and complexity associated with Pharmacological research - this experience will be of considerable benefit for any future career but especially for one in laboratory-based research. Group projects emphasize team-work. The project dissertation will showcase and allow for the assessment of your ability to review current literature, present methods and results, discuss findings and make proposals for further studies clearly and concisely, with appropriate statistical analysis to support your conclusions.
Oral presentations will further develop your oral communication skills, thereby enhancing your ability to answer, and to ask, critical questions. This transferable skill will be of considerable value in your future employment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Drugs, Receptors and Therapeutics (PHBM10036) AND Pharmacology Project Milestones Dissertation (PHBM10035) AND Pharmacology Synoptic Examination (PHBM10017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 381 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Dissertation
Feedback Feedback organised with students after hand in.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe a question requiring original research through critical reading of current literature. Formulate one or more testable hypotheses or central arguments from the question
  2. Identify appropriate methods and models to test the hypotheses or arguments
  3. Obtain information to address the hypotheses or arguments using appropriate investigative techniques and research tools. Critically analyse the evidence obtained to refute or support the hypotheses or arguments
  4. Integrate your findings with those of others, and indicate the impact this has on the field and how future work may address outstanding questions
  5. Communicate your findings and conclusions effectively through your dissertation, lay-summary, and any associated oral or poster presentations
Reading List
¿Rang and Dale¿s Pharmacology" 8th edition, 2015, Churchill Livingstone. You are also encouraged to keep abreast of developments in pharmacology and related disciplines by reading current issues of British Journal of Pharmacology, Nature, Drug Discovery, Trends in Pharmacological Sciences (T.I.P.S.) and Trends in Neuroscience (T.I.N.S.) which are available as E-journals in the Main Library.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Week 1 to 3 part-time, week 4 to 11 full-time.
Course organiserProf Sue Fleetwood-Walker
Tel: (0131 6)51 1696
Course secretaryMr Benjamin Harrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 1824
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