MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Scientific and Medical Writing
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Variable teaching patterns|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This unit covers the development of scientific publications, including how to identify and assimilate source data, the approach to writing and reviewing scientific publications and the overall publication process including submission and post- submission. Participants will develop a range of publication types including abstracts, posters and manuscripts, based on a clinical trial report. The preparation of standard operating procedures relating to scientific publications will be covered.
The unit aims to:
- introduce the student to and develop skills in medical writing by producing a range of scientific and clinical documents and publications.
Teaching and learning methods
The unit comprises a series of practical tasks, which build on each other in terms of complexity and length. It is anticipated that students study each chapter of the module and sequentially undertake each task. Each output should be returned to the course tutor for ongoing feedback, which will improve the quality of subsequent tasks.
Knowledge and understanding
- Know how to approach different writing types.
- Understand how writing approach depends on the target audience and document type.
- Assimilate and interpret relevant scientific data.
- Undertake literature searches.
- Create well-formatted documents.
- Deliver different writing types and skills.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Improve your written communication.
- Summarise relevant scientific studies.
- Plan how to approach writing from concept to delivery.
|Written assignment (inc essay)||100%|
How and when feedback is provided
Weighting within unit (if relevant)
Reading and understanding
Ongoing practical assignments
Mainly 2-3 hours; maximum 1 day
Feedback provided on an individual basis if the assignments are returned
2 x end of module assignments
5 days (max)
3 days (max)
Feedback returned by email within 15 working days
Provisional marks and feedback for coursework returned within 15 working days.
Exam marks and final marks returned after ratification at exam board.
Relevant web-pages are indicated throughout the module; there is no specific pre-reading.
|Independent study hours|
|Julia Donnelly||Unit coordinator|