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Unit information: Pharmacology Research project in 2021/22

Unit name Pharmacology Research project
Unit code PHPH30006
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Hers
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

Students will conduct an original research project and present their findings in the form of a research dissertation and presentation. The unit aims to encourage students to investigate a specific research question in considerable depth and to develop an understanding of the process of scientific research. The project can take two foms:

  • Experimental projects involve the design, conduct and analysis of experiments. Students may collect their own data or analyse existing data.
  • Non-experimental projects are based on research of the scientific literature and require a detailed literature review on a particular research question and to propose a programme of further research.

All of these are carried out at an advanced level, with much more independent direction and critical evaluation expected from the students than in previous years of study. Students express their preference from a range of projects and projects are allocated on this basis whenever possible. The unit aims to develop key research and analytical skills in pharmacology. Students will gain experience of pharmacological research and gain an understanding of scientific enquiry through project work.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Outcomes applicable to all types of research project include:

  • Ability to formulate hypotheses and to critically analyse theories and concepts
  • Ability to disseminate experimental observations in written accounts and in poster presentations.
  • Scientific experimental design and execution
  • Research and analytical skills
  • The ability to critically evaluate scientific data and literature and appraise competing theories
  • Problem solving skills
  • IT skills
  • Scientific report writing.

Teaching Information

Students are expected to demonstrate self-direction, motivation and independent thought throughout their project. In addition, students should expect:

  • Project planning and discussion meetings with supervisors
  • Training in experimental techniques and data analysis, as appropriate

Assessment Information

Project Dissertation 80%

Supervisor's report 10%

Poster presentation of project work 10%


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.