PM3ES5-Critical Reviews in Pharmacy

Module Provider: Pharmacy, School of Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pre-requisite: Part 2 MPharm ; Closed module i.e. not available to anyone from outside of Part 3 MPharm programme
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Dr Kenneth Shankland


Each student will be allocated a topic of relevance to the broad field of pharmacy and asked to write a critical review of that topic. The aim of the module is to allow students to utilise skills that they have been introduced to in previous modules (e.g. scientific writing, reference searching) and utilise and hone them in the preparation of a critical review that also looks at the prospects for further research and developments in the topic area. The experience gained will help prepare them for subsequent research-led activities (including their 4th year projects) and the preparation of high-quality written work to communicate information and opinions in a clear and unambiguous manner.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module it is expected that the student should be able to:
•Critically assess recent developments in a particular topic area of pharmacy, based on independent research using the primary literature, and prepare a concise critical review to express their findings clearly.

Additional outcomes:
: At the end of the module it is expected that the student should:
•have acquired and/or developed advanced information retrieval skills, including use and analysis of published information to approach scientific writing with confidence. These skills will include the ability to discern and recognise reliable information, to compile information from multiple sources and to interpret and appraise this information to develop a critical awareness of the topic discussed.
•have enhanced their independent learning ability, to sustain their continued professional development.

Outline content:

Global context:
Students will build upon skills and knowledge learned in previous years of the MPharm degree. In producing their critical review, they will be expected to move beyond simple recitation of facts and apply critical analysis to produce a coherent and well-reasoned report.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Two 2hr teaching sessions will be used to re-acquaint students with the necessary study and evaluation skills and to introduce any additional advanced skills (such as literature searching) that they will need to be able to carry out the critical review.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 2
Practicals classes and workshops 4 1
Guided independent study 43 50
Total hours by term 49 51 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:

Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
The coursework requirement of this module is a written critical review on an assigned topic and this should be submitted in week 5 of the Spring term.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadine. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    If the coursework is not passed, students will have the opportunity to resubmit the coursework component in August/September.

    Last updated: 7 May 2012

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