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Programme Specification for the 2022/3 academic year

BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences (Pharmacology and Therapeutics)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBSc (Hons) Medical Sciences (Pharmacology and Therapeutics) Programme codeUFS3EMSBIO04
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2022/3
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

Please note - this programme code is for the Pharmacology and Therapeutics pathway within the main BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences programme.

For full programme details please refer to the core BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences programme specification: 

For the BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences (Pharmacology and Therapeutics) pathway specific modules please see section Programme Modules here. 

 

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

 

BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences (Pharmacology and Therapeutics) Pathway

Stage 1 – same as Stage 1 of the core BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences programme

 

Stage 1


Stage 1 – same as Stage 1 of the core BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences programme

Compulsory Modules

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CSC1005 Integrated Human Physiology 30No
CSC1004 Fundamental Skills for Medical Scientists 30No
BIO1332 Biochemistry 15No
BIO1334 Genetics 15No
BIO1337 Microbiology 15No
BIO1339 Cells 15No

Stage 2


If you wish to pursue the Pharmacology and Therapeutics pathway, you are required to take 75 credits of compulsory modules, including the 15 credit CSC2005 Introduction to Pharmacology module. A further 45 credits should be selected from the optional modules, and those developed and advertised annually on the Medical Sciences web pages, to a total of 120 credits. If you choose the Pharmacology and Therapeutics pathway, you may wish to consider optional modules BIO2092 (Genomics and Introductory Bioinformatics) and/or BIO2088 (Advanced Cell Biology).

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CSC2012 Disease, Diagnostics and Therapeutics 30No
CSC2023 Experimental Design and Statistics 30No
CSC2005 Introduction to Pharmacology 15No

Optional Modules

A total of 45 credits of optional modules is required

a You may only take one of these two optional modules: CSC2008 Immunopathology, CSC2009 Anatomical Sciences and CSC2004 Medical Genetics.

bIf you take CSC2008 (Immunopathology), you will not be permitted to take BIO3078 (Cellular Basis of Immunity) in final year.

c You may only take one of these two optional modules: NEU1006 Introduction to Neuroscience and BIO2092 Genomics and Intro. Bioinformatics

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
BIO2088 Advanced Cell Biology 15No
BIO2089 Molecular Biology of the Gene 15No
BIO2092 Genomics and Introductory Bioinformatics (See note c)15No
CSC2004 Medical Genetics (See note a)15No
CSC2008 Immunopathology (See note a,b)15No
CSC2009 Anatomical Sciences (See note a)15No
CSC2020 Coding for Medical Scientists 15No
CSC2025 Decolonising Medicine, An Introduction 15No
NEU1006 Introduction to Neuroscience (See note c)15No

Stage 3


If you wish to continue on the Pharmacology and Therapeutics pathway, you are required to complete 120 credits at Stage 3, made up of 45 credits of compulsory modules including the 15 credit compulsory pathway module CSC3010 (Rational Drug Design), 45 credits from either CSC3028 or CSC3029, and  at least 15 credits must be selected from the pathway-specific optional modules: CSC3009 (Pharmacogenomics), CSC3030 (New Therapeutic Targets in Cancer), NEU2019 (Neuropharmacology) and BIO3041 (Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry).  The remaining 15 credits may be chosen from other optional modules, and those developed and advertised annually on the Medical Sciences web pages.  Enrolment on optional modules will be conditional on your having completed any required prerequisite modules at Stages One and Two.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CSC3019 Translational Medical Science 30No
CSC3010 Rational Drug Design 15No

Optional Modules

A total of 75 of optional modules is required.

a You must take one of these modules. You will initially be allocated to CSC3028, then transferred onto CSC3029 if appropriate following the project allocation process.

b  If you  took CSC2008 (Immunopathology) in second year are not permitted to take BIO3078 (Cellular Basis of Immunity) in final year.

c You may only take one of these two optional modules: CSC3018 Health Economics and BIO3086 Cell Biology of Disease

d You may only take one of these two optional modules: CSC3009 Pharmacogenomics and BIO3078 Cellular Basis of Immunity

e You may only take one of these two optional modules: NEU2019 Neuropharmacology and BIO3079 Molecular Basis of Infection

f You may only take one of these two optional modules: CSC3030 New Therapeutic Targets in Cancer and CSC3031 Applied Data Science

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CSC3028 Medical Sciences Literature Review (See notes a)45No
CSC3029 Medical Sciences Research Project (See notes a)45No
CSC3009 Pharmacogenomics (See notes d)15No
CSC3030 New Therapeutic Targets in Cancer (See notes f)15No
NEU2019 Neuropharmacology (See notes e)15No
BIO3041 Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry 15No
BIO3078 Cellular Basis of Immunity (See notes b,d)15No
BIO3079 Molecular Basis of Infection (See notes e)15No
BIO3086 Cell Biology of Disease (See notes c)15No
CSC3008 Clinical Trials 15No
CSC3018 Health Economics (See notes c)15No
CSC3024 Health Technology Assessment 15No
CSC3031 Applied Data Science (See notes f)15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate an integrated and detailed knowledge and understanding of the core biomolecular and biomedical science principles underpinning human health and important diseases
2. Demonstrate key competence in key biomedical and clinical science techniques and an understanding of key clinical methods
3. Demonstrate an understanding, with associated practical applications, of the key principles underpinning audit, basic and applied clinical research (including the critical appraisal of different research strategies)
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental contemporary theoretical, cultural, ethical, and regulatory bases of basic and applied clinical research practice within the UK and wider global community contexts

Structured small group learning sessions; lectures; practical laboratory classes; experiential placements; research project or dissertation; independent study, and personal tutor feedback.

ILOs 1-4 will be tested across the core and optional module formative and summative assessment, including essay examinations, short answer and multiple choice tests, written reviews, practical work and projects, quantitative problems, project report/dissertation, oral and poster presentations; project supervisor judgements, and reflective portfolio analyses.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Apply skills of critical thinking, problem-formulation, problem-solving, and rigorous scientific data handling to clinical science practice
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the key clinical science principles underpinning the prevention, diagnosis, and clinical management of important illnesses and diseases
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the key principles and challenges for healthcare planning and delivery, including the development and implementation of new health technologies
8. Demonstrate an awareness of key human science principles associated with human health, illness and disease
9. Understand and apply the expected performance standards in relation to scientific probity, multidisciplinary team-based practice, and recognise personal levels of professional scientific competence
10. Apply clinical science knowledge, theory and academic skills to help advance project(s) in a professional training placement setting

Structured small group learning sessions; lectures; practical laboratory classes; experiential placements; research project or dissertation; independent study and personal tutor feedback.

ILOs 5-10 will be tested across the core and optional module formative and summative assessment, including essay examinations, short answer and multiple choice tests, written reviews, practical work and projects, quantitative problems, project report/dissertation, oral and poster presentations; project supervisor judgements, and reflective portfolio analyses.

ILO 9-10 will also be assessed using peer and facilitator (personal development and professionalism) PDP judgements in small group sessions, portfolio reflection, and question and answer sessions.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

11. Communicate effectively and competently with patients, healthcare professionals, professional training placement teams, and lay audiences
12. Manage time, work load, ambiguity, change, and stress effectively
13. Demonstrate effective personal development planning, based on self-awareness and reflection
14. Understand and apply key skills of effective management and leadership

Structured small group learning sessions; lectures; practical laboratory classes; experiential placements; research project or dissertation; independent study and personal tutor feedback

ILOs 11-14 will be tested across the core and optional module formative and summative assessment, including essay examinations, short answer and multiple choice tests, written reviews, practical work and projects, quantitative problems, project report/dissertation, oral and poster presentations; project supervisor judgements, and reflective portfolio analyses.

7. Programme Regulations

Assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. The award will normally be based on the degree mark formed from the credit weighted average marks for stages 2, 3 and 4 combined in the ratio 2:1:4 respectively.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring : It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Students on this programme will be supported by personal tutors, School of Bioscience Programme Advisors, and Pastoral Tutors.  Students will be offered termly meetings with tutors who provide guidance and feedback on assessment, performance, and personal development issues. 

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Exeter Medical School

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences (Pharmacology and Therapeutics)

19. UCAS Code

B105

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/05/2013

Date of last revision

21/09/2022