Drug Discovery and Development - LABS6020

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Medway
Year 6 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle

Overview

A synopsis of the curriculum
• History and development of the pharmaceutical industry
• Therapeutic modalities
• General principles in the drug discovery process
• Drug targets
• The role of bioinformatics and genomics
• High throughput screening
• The role of pharmacology in drug discovery
• Assessing drug safety
• Clinical trials
• Intellectual property and drug discovery
• Regulatory affairs and drug approval

Details

Contact hours

Blended distance learning:
Contact Hours: 100 hours
Private Study Time: 50 hours
Total Learning Time: 150 hours

Method of assessment

2000 word Essay - 40%
2 hour Examination - 60%

The pass mark for each individual assessment is 40%. All assessments must be passed in order to pass the module.

Indicative reading

Ray Hill and Humphrey Rang (2012) Drug Discovery and Development: Technology in Transition. Elsevier.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Critically evaluate the drug discovery process.
Understand the role of bioinformatics and genomics in the drug discovery process.
Discuss and place into context the use of high-throughput-screening in the drug discovery process.
Understand the importance of pharmacology in the drug discovery process.
Develop an understanding of how drug safety is assessed.
Develop an understanding of how drugs are evaluated in human clinical trials.
Understand the role of intellectual property in drug discovery.
Understand the role of regulatory affairs and drug approval for use in the clinic.


The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Develop and demonstrate an ability to analyse, evaluate and correctly interpret data.
Present and communicate data effectively and confidently.
Obtain and use information from a variety of sources as part of self-directed learning.
Manage their time and use their organisation skills within the context of self-directed learning.
Develop and demonstrate an ability to work and communicate effectively with others.

Notes

  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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