Honours Bachelor Degree
Programme Code: TA_SPHAR_B
Mode of Delivery:Full Time
No. of Semesters:8
NFQ Level:8
Embedded Award:No
Programme Credits:240
Language of Instruction:English
CAO Code:
  1. TA321

Programme Outcomes

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

PO1Knowledge - Breadth
 (a)Students will achieve a broad knowledge of the theory and concepts of various branches of pharmaceutical chemistry, bio-pharmaceuticals and manufacturing technologies, as well as undertaking an independent piece of reseach work. Also the students will obtain practical exposure to the industrial environment/ research environment through work placements in industry/research placements in academic institutions. The Degree course is primarily aimed at providing professionally qualified personnel for employment in the pharmaceutical environment; Producing highly trained Scientists.
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)Students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of specialized applied areas of both pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical processing; Describe in detail the regulatory affairs / validation processes as apply in the manufacturing industry. Students will also be able to describe the methods used to advance knowledge in the main branches of pharmaceutical science, and discuss their applicability to particular situations.
PO3Skill - Range
 (a)At the end of this course the student will be able to: Structure, write and critically analyse validation reports; Explain in detail the design and operation of various pieces of equipment and their role in the manufacturing processes; Carry out Hazards Assessment as part of a team.; Scale up pharmaceutical processes; Apply knowledge and skill of the operations of the pharmaceutical environment. Use a range of software and IT tools to assist them in data handling, processing of results, reporting and presenting conclusions to individuals and groups. Carry out nucleic acid manipulation and analysis required for recombinant protein production. Isolate, preserve and screen industrial micro-organisms and maintain animal cell culture systems. Optimise biotechnological processes toward product formation. Use concepts and strategies in the design of pharmaceuticals and use analytical techniques for product / process characterisation; Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the physiochemical concepts of synthetic reactions; Discuss 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: Research as an individual a project or problem, select methods to advance or solve it, and identify the laboratory, safety, analytical and process requirements to execute such methods; Select and carry out tests on processes, analyse the results, iteratively propose and carry out 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: Undertake an independent piece of work and see it through to completion. Research and present a major review of a given topic; Display competency in the determination and interpretation of results. Conduct and interpret statistical analysis of clinical studies; Use troubleshooting techniques to identify potential problems and to implement improvements in processes; Perform technology transfer to production. Produce a protein using prokaryotic or eukaryotic expression systems, optimise lyophilisation processes to maximise product stability and formulate a protein therapeutic. Design and develop routes to pharmaceutical products up to large scale production
PO6Competence - Role
 (a)At the end of this course the student will be able to: As a result of the Industrial Placement, identify the impact of relevant quality systems and work under controlled conditions with documented procedures; Act effectively according to GMP, Quality assurance and quality control requirements; 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 project; Achieve an intellectual flexibility in their research approach through managing their own modification of their project plan in the light of ongoing results therein; Carry out problem solving and perform strategic analysis techniques; Learn through research and presentation of theoretical topics without specific teaching assignments; Exercise good project management skills
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

Stage 4 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
BIOP H4045 Bioprocess Technology
SYST H4040 Validation
SCCM H4001 Sci Comm and Student Proj 1
DRUG H4002 Drug Synthesis
PRAC H4009 Integrated Laboratory Techniques

Stage 4 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
STAT H4004 Advanced Statistics
MANU H4040 Manufacturing Technology
ANTE H4001 Advanced Analytical Techniques
CELL H4001 Advanced Biopharma and Cell Technology
PROJ H4020 Project