MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Technology (PMAT 1)

Unit code PHAR71300
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This introductory unit will provide an overview of the pharmaceutical Industry and regulatory affairs covering all aspects of QA, QC, GMP and GLP, and consider documentation and health and safety issues. The design of premises and equipment for the laboratory and facility including quality audits will be covered.

Commonly encountered micro-organisms and basic laboratory techniques, including rapid methods will be discussed along with validation of processes and methods.

Aims

The unit aims to provide the student with an introduction to pharmaceutical microbiology and introduce the PMAT programme. The unit is recommended for those taking any other part of the microbiology programme.

The unit introduces:

  • the scope of pharmaceutical microbiology;
  • how microbiology interfaces with drug development and GMP;
  • risk assessment;
  • contamination control;
  • cleanrooms;
  • environmental monitoring;
  • pharmacopeia test methods;
  • intermediate and finished product testing;
  • assessment of raw materials;
  • pharmaceutical water systems;
  • disinfection and preservation;
  • validation.

 

Teaching and learning methods

The unit provides all basic reading material. Additional reading references, both books and websites, are recommended.

A tutor is available to discuss key issues by email or telephone. Interactive support and group learning is provided through the annual summer school.

 

Knowledge and understanding

Some prior knowledge of microbiology is useful; however, the unit covers basic concepts.

Students will have an understanding of the principles of pharmaceutical microbiology and both the beneficial use of microorganisms (eg biotechnology) and risk (contamination) in relation to pharmaceuticals.

Intellectual skills

Students will gain an understanding of the theoretical concepts in relation to microbial spoilage and survival, as well as risks and applications of microbiology. 

Practical skills

Students will gain an understanding of key microbiological tests, which can feed into protocol, report and procedure writing, as well as being able to evaluate microbiological data and test results.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

The unit is applicable to those who wish to study pharmaceutical microbiology, as well as healthcare and quality personnel who wish to gain a basic understanding of the concepts.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Written assignment (inc essay) 30%

Feedback methods

Provisional marks and feedback for coursework returned within 15 working days.

Exam marks and final marks returned after ratification at exam board. 

Recommended reading

The unit provides all basic reading material. Additional reading references, both as books and websites are recommended.

A tutor is available to discuss key issues by email or telephone. Interactive support and group learning is provided through the annual summer school.

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 148

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Tim Sandle Unit coordinator

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