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MPharm Pharmacy with a Foundation Year / Course details
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Integrated Project (Year 4)
|Unit level||Level 4|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Integrated Research Skills: preparation for 4th year projects and evidence-based practice||PHAR30400||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences||PHAR40101||Co-Requisite||Compulsory|
|The Patient (Year 4): Preparing for Clinical Practice||PHAR40300||Co-Requisite||Compulsory|
1. To develop, implement, and evaluate in each student the skills of hypothesis formulation and testing, data acquisition and analysis, experimental design, literature retrieval, report writing and oral presentation.
2. To reinforce the relevance of basic sciences to the pharmacist’s reasoning process.
Teaching and learning methods
Students pursuing CAC and HPPE type of projects receive formative feedback after each oral presentation/assessment throughout the 1st semester. In the second semester during the development and writing of the project or protocol students will meet online with their mentor once per week to discuss progress. A portion of the protocol (typically 1000 words) is submitted to the supervisor at the end of week 5 of the 2nd semester and students receive feedback on their progress by the end of week 7.
Students carrying out individual projects will meet online with their supervisor frequently (typically weekly) to monitor progress. Four formal meetings are recorded. An outline (400 words) of the project is submitted at the end of week 6 of the 1st semester. This is marked by the supervisor and another academic and judged on the basis of its novelty and the clarity of the proposed research. The second marker usually is not a subject specialist and so the outline is written in a way that is understandable to a general audience. The project outline attracts 10% of the project mark. Mark and feedback on the outline to be provided by the end of week 11 of the 1st semester (unless a different timetable has been agreed with the supervisor). By the end of week 10 of the 1st semester the progress report should be submitted to the supervisor. The purpose of the progress report is to enable the supervisors to assess the students’ review skills, and everything required including ethical approval are in place. The 1st semester progress report attracts 15% of the project mark. Mark and feedback on the 1st semester progress report to be provided the period between 1st and 5th week of the 2nd semester. In addition to the progress report students have also to submit a literature review (deadline end of week 1 of the 2nd semester). The literature review is not marked by supervisors and does not contribute to the final mark but needs to be peer reviewed and the completed peer review form needs to be signed and included in the final report.
A portion of the Methods, Results and Discussion (or other section of the project, as agreed with the supervisor, typically 1500 words, but local custom and practice may dictate a smaller or larger amount) is submitted to the supervisor at the end of week 5 of the 2nd semester and students receive feedback on their progress by the end of week 8.
The second semester during the development and writing of the project or protocol students pursuing CAC and HPPE type of projects will meet online with their mentor once per week (usually Friday) to discuss progress. A portion of the project or protocol (typically 1500 words) is submitted to the supervisor at the end of week 6 of the 2nd semester and students receive feedback on their progress by the end of week 7.
Detailed guidance and specification of final year project supervision and feedback to ensure consistency between the different types of projects can be found in blackboard.
Students receive feedback regularly throughout their project work and for different types of the work they carry out. Details about Feedback and supervision can be found in blackboard in the Course Information folder > Project Guidance Notes
This is indicated to students by supervisors overseeing individual projects.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||200|
|Independent study hours|
|Constantinos Demonacos||Unit coordinator|
|Annalisa Tirella||Unit coordinator|
Assessment Weighting Equivalent Credits
Project Outline 10% 5
Project progress report 15% 5
Presentation 15% 5
Coursework 60% 15
Assessment Weighting Equivalent Credits
Presentations 20% 5
“Ask the Pharmacist” report 15% 5
Final project presentation 10% 5
Coursework 55% 15
Students pursuing CAC and HPPE type of projects must attend all lectures, workshops, virtual meetings and oral presentations.
Mainly Fridays throughout the academic year are allocated for project work. If additional/alternative times are required these can be arranged in agreement between supervisors and students.