MS7050 - Pharmaceutical Analysis (2019/20)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2019/20, but may be subject to modification|
|Module title||Pharmaceutical Analysis|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2019/20||
The module aims to provide an up-to-date understanding of analytical techniques in use in the pharmaceutical industry.
Prior learning requirements
No pre-requisite module is required
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
• Understand the principles of the major analytical techniques;
• Evaluate and assess the appropriateness of analytical methods for specific applications;
• Gain an understanding of the role of quality assurance procedures in pharmaceutical analysis
Survey of techniques for the analysis of pharmaceutical agents, their metabolites and contaminants, to include:
Spectroscopic methods; Mass spectroscopic methods; Electrochemical methods; Chromatographic methods and Immunoassay techniques.
Validation of Analytical Methods.
Sample preparation in pharmaceutical analysis
Learning and teaching
Students will be provided with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the subject material through teacher-led activities in the form of lectures (18 h), tutorials (9 h) and practicals (16 h). Studnts will be expected to prepare in advance for tutorials and practical exercises (27 h), undertake exercises in problem solving and comprehension of scientific literature (36 h) and prepare material for a report of practical exercises undertaken(15 h). Students' ability to make critical evaluations will be developed through the analysis of source material and examination of problem-based material supported by tutorial discussion. Students' ability to obtain and critically appraise data, and solve related problems will be developed through a range of paper- and laboratory-based exercises. Students will be expected to reflect on taught material in order to demonstrate their understanding of the principles underpinning the module.
PDP: As indicated in the above summary, material on this module will allow students to develop skills in problem solving and evaluation of information which will enhance employability. Laboratory work also enhances time-management and personal organisational skills.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Describe in detail the instrumentation required for modern instrumental techniques.
2. Articulate knowledge and a deep understanding of current analytical methods.
3. Provide a critical evaluation of methods available for detecting and/or quantifying a range of
4. Use primary sources to design and critically evaluate analytical protocols.
The module will be summatively assessed by means of a practical assessment (40% of the overall mark) and an unseen examination (60% of the overall mark).
To pass the module students need to achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 50%. There is an attendance requirement for the practical sessions.
Component Learning outcomes
Handbook of Modern Pharmaceutical Analysis, S. Ahuja and S. Scypinski, 2nd Edn., Academic Press (2011)
Pharmaceutical Analysis, D G Watson, Churchill Livingstone, 2nd Edn. (2005)
Quantitative Chemical Analysis, D.C. Harris, Freeman, 8th Edn., (2010)
Principles of Instrumental Analysis, D. A. Skoog, S. R. Crouch, F. J. Holler, Brooks/Cole, 6th Ed., (2006)