Aims and Fit of Module
The aim of this module is to introduce the theories and methods for the analysis of pharmaceutical ingredients or drug substances, and to provide students with the fundamental theoretical principles of selected analytical techniques in the context of their roles in pharmaceutical research and industry.
A Demonstrate understanding of terminologies and principles used in pharmaceutical analysis.
B Describe the general methods used for sample preparation and select the most appropriate one in industry and research settings
C Discuss the fundamentals of pharmaceutical analytical chemistry
D Demonstrate the understanding of the principles of titration methods and spectroscopic methods as well as their applications
E Describe the fundamentals of the chromatographic methods and their applications
F Demonstrate competence in the analysis of pharmaceuticals using titrimetric method, UV-Vis, IR, GC and HPLC
Method of teaching and learning
The contents of the lecture component of the module will be delivered using standard lectures accompanied by hand-outs (online and in classroom). Experts from industry will be invited to co-delivering the module.
The practical component will be conducted in purpose-built teaching laboratories. The session will highlight critical parts of the practical where particular care is needed, both from a safety viewpoint and also to facilitate successful completion. In the laboratory session, students will work individually or in small groups. Lecture handouts and lab notes will complement the learning experience.
Students will attend a 2-hour lecture and 2-hour tutorials per week, and 6-hour lab practicals for 4 weeks. Students will also be given guidance and opportunities to practice the various skills mentioned in the specifications. Self-study activities will be extensions or consolidations of work carried out in the lecture and tutorial. Assessment components of this module will include: 1) questions or tests in lectures or tutorials; 2) coursework to review the topics; 3) group discussion or report of the lab practicals and topics; and 4) presentation of a critique of the teaching topics. The feedback will help improve the teaching quality and ensure the quality of summative assessment.
Timely, relevant and specific, constructive and actionable feedback will be provided to students in class, on paper and/or in person for each assignment.