PED3013 : Research in Pharmacological Sciences

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


Specific module aims
• To provide an introduction to the conduct of research in pharmacological sciences.
• To introduce students to the issues of how scientific research is funded and how research careers are structured in an academic environment.
• To allow students an insight into the process of publication including peer review and publication metrics.
• To allow students to develop skills in extracting relevant information and critically reviewing scientific literature
• To allow students to develop skills in dissemination of research findings using poster, report and oral media

Module Summary:
This module will provide an introduction to communication in scientific research and will provide students with skills for finding, reading and appraising published literature and communicating scientific research to others. The module will use papers, editorial and posters from the recent pharmacology literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures (3)      
      Introduction to the module, and discussion of themes
      A career in biomedical sciences research
      The significance and mechanism of publishing research papers.

Seminar (1)
      Scientific communication

Tutorials (5)
      Getting to grips with databases
      Reading the literature and extracting information (1)
      Reading the literature and extracting information (quickly)(2)
      Presenting data as a poster
      ‘Research Highlights’ commentary

Two assessments- a poster presentation, and a ‘research highlights’ commentary- will be used to assess knowledge and skills.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture43:0012:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0081:00Private study
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
PSC3010Research in Physiological Sciences
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce the topic and convey some core knowledge. The seminars will provide opportunity for discussion. Small group tutorials will be the main teaching/learning method. In tutorials students will be able to discuss with tutorial leader and amongst themselves, sharing ideas, skills and knowledge and gaining experience of presenting data and arguments in an informal setting.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper1M50Research highlights commentary
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The individual and group study topic assesses a range of knowledge and skills including teaching, data interpretation, computer-based presentational skills, oral and written communication skills, promote deeper learning, and scientific discrimination of the literature, and encourage group discussion and constructive criticism of scientific work.

Reading Lists