Ordinary Bachelor Degree
Programme Code: TA_SAPHR_D
Mode of Delivery:Full Time
No. of Semesters:6
NFQ Level:7
Embedded Award:No
Programme Credits:180
Language of Instruction:English
CAO Code:
  1. TA314

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner will be able to :

PO1Knowledge - Breadth
 (a)This Ordinary Degree program over three years will provide students with a broad knowledge of the theory and concepts of various branches of pharmaceutical chemistry, bio-pharmaceuticals and manufacturing technologies. Also the students will obtain practical exposure to the industrial environment through the work placement. The Degree course will provide: Professionally qualified personnel for employment in the pharmaceutical environment. Scientists trained to work in the highly regulated pharmaceutical, biopharmaceuticaland finished dose sectors.
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)Students will be able to: Students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of specialized applied areas of both pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical processing; Describe the regulatory affairs / validation processes as apply in the pharmaceutical sector. Define the behaviour necessary to work in a highly regulated environment like the pharmaceutical sector.
PO3Skill - Range
 (a)At the end of this course the student will be able to: Write SOPs and analyse validation reports; Identify the design and operation of various pieces of equipment and their role in the manufacturing processes; Identify hazards by carrying out Hazard identification as part of a team; Define critical parameters for scale up pharmaceutical processes; Describe key processes in the pharmaceutical pilot plant; Tabulate, interpret and present data from pharmaceutical processes using appropriate software and IT tools; Recognise and duplicate the behaviour necessary in a cleanroon facility. Analyse nucleic acids at a basic level; Isolate, preserve and screen industrial micro-organisms; Maintain animal cell culture systems; Identify the key principles of protein isolation and purification. Use analytical techniques for product / process characterisation; Define the physiochemical concepts of synthetic reactions; Describe processes and potential problems as part of small group case study workshops
PO4Skill - Selectivity
 (a)At the end of this course the student will be able to: Select and carry out tests on processes, analyse the results, and propose further tests; Undertake the design and implementation of a major body of pilot plant-based, laboratory-based or validation work as part of a team; Implement GMP guidelines to workplace activities; Deliver oral presentations and written reports to academic and industrial personnel.
PO5Competence - Context
 (a)At the end of this course the student will be able to: Display competency in the determination and interpretation of results; Use troubleshooting techniques to identify potential problems and to implement improvements in processes; produce a protein using prokaryotic or eukaryotic expression systems, use lyophilisation processes to preserve a biopharmaceutical product. develop lab scale routes to production of pharmaceutical products.
PO6Competence - Role
 (a)At the end of this course the student will be able to: Identify the impact of relevant quality systems and work under controlled conditions in the workplace/project environment. Act effectively as apart of a team in a regulated environment. Act responsibly with regard to safety and safe work practices
PO7Competence - Learning to Learn
 (a)At the end of this course the student will be able to: Demonstrate and implement individual skills in terms of self motivation, planning and creativity in a technically challenging workplace /project environment; Develop good time management skills; Define key process improvement methodologies; Learn through placement activities the workplace requirements of the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry.
PO8Competence - Insight
 (a)At the end of this course the student will be able to: Value the role of an industrial scientist in a team, their responsibilities towards co-workers, and their responsibilities; Understand the ethical and social justification of complying with pharmaceutical regulations.

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
BIO H1001 Biology 1
CHEM H1001 Chemistry I
PHYS H1001 Physics 1
MATH H1040 Mathematics 1
CSKD H1000 Critical Skills Development
LSKI H1006 Laboratory Skills I

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
BIOL H1002 Biology 2
CHEM H1002 Chemistry 2
PHYS H1002 Physics 2
MATH H1041 Mathematics 2
LSKI H1007 Laboratory Skills II

Stage 2 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
PHAR H2042 Pharmaceutical Analysis
DRUG H2004 Drug Formulation
ORCH H2003 Organic Chemistry
BIOC H2040 Principles of Biochemistry
LSKI H1008 Lab Skills III (Pharma Science)

Stage 2 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
STAT H2043 Introductory Statistics
MANU H2041 API Process and Spectroscopy
CHEM H2002 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
MICR H2005 Pharmaceutical Microbiology
LSKI H2005 Lab Skills IV (Pharma Science)

Stage 3 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
PROC H3040 Aseptic Manufacture
ORCH H3003 Organic Chemistry 3
GMPR H3040 Good Manufacturing Practice and Quality Systems
PHAR H3043 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
LSKI H3006 Lab Skills V (Pharma Science)

Stage 3 / Semester 2

Group Elective 1
Module Code Module Title
PLAC H3040 Student Industrial Placement
CACD H3001 Continued Academic Development
Group Elective 2
Module Code Module Title
ANTE H3002 Analytical Techniques 2
PHAR H4001 Pharmacology
MICR H3005 Food Microbiology
DNAA H3002 DNA Analysis I
LSKI H3004 Laboratory Skills 6