MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Engineering Principles for Pharmaceutical Microbiologists (PMAT 6)

Unit code PHAR71350
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


A list of the Engineering Terminology and Engineering Regulations commonly encountered will be explained.  The Project Design & Management of a Facility, Critical Services and Utilities will be covered.  The concepts of Hygienic System Design and HVAC Systems and Environmental Control will be included and Sterilisation Issues and Validation will be covered in the module.  


Unit 1     Engineering Terminology

Unit 2     Engineering and the Regulations, Guidance & Standards

Unit 3     Principles of Project management & Design

Unit 4     Critical Utilities

Unit 5     Hygienic Design (references)

Unit 6     Environmental Control & HVAC

Unit 7     Commissioning & Qualification of Engineering Systems

Assessment methods

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

Assessment task


How and when feedback is provided

Weighting within unit (if relevant)



3,000 words

By tutor marking



2 hours

By tutor marking



Study hours

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

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gordon Farquharson Unit coordinator

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