Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Pharmacological Analysis

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

DESCRIPTION Learning Objectives

This study-unit will provide the student with a sound understanding of the principles and techniques used in pharmacological analysis. This study-unit will empower students with the theoretical and practical basis for selecting and applying the correct techniques used in pharmacological analysis.

This study-unit will:

- Provide a sound understanding of the principles underlying the various research methodologies in pharmacology analysis;
- Explain the correct selection of biological samples and selection of analyate and time of sampling in analysis;
- Show when and how different types of analytical methods are used in pharmacology : chemical analysis, chromatographic techniques, immunoassay techniques , electrophoresis, molecular techniques, automation in clinical drug analysis, enzymatic analysis, bioassay;
- Discuss the applications of various methods used in pharmacological analysis.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of this study-unit, the student will be able to:

- apply the correct analytical methods in pharmacological research;
- develop and validate novel methods for pharmacology analysis;
- understand how different types of analytical methods are used in pharmacological research;
- apply chromatographic techniques, immunoassay, bioassay, molecular techniques and automation in clinical drug analysis in pharmacology research.

2. Skills
By the end of this study-unit, the student will be able to:

- apply correct principles in pharmacological analysis to develop novel analytical techniques methods and approaches;
- understand how theoretical approaches in pharmacological analysis are used in the drug development and clinical setting;
- explain how different analytical methodologies are used in pursuing different aspects of pharmacological research.

Main texts:


Ashutosh Kar. Pharmaceutical Drug Analysis 2007
Moffat, Anthony C; Osselton, M David; Widdop, Brian; Watts, Jo. Clarke's Analysis of Drugs and Poisons. 2011
Rapley, Ralph; Harbron, Stuart. Molecular Analysis and Genome Discovery. 2011

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Tutorial and Practical

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 40%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%


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