Module Title:Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The module will be delivered as two one-hour theory classes for eleven weeks and one two- hour practical class for nine weeks. Group and peer learning will be facilitated during the preparation of assignments and practicals. Any course-related issue or questions that may arise will be discussed at lectures.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to impart knowledge of fundamental chemistry and to provide practical training in this subject area with due regard to best practice and safety.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Interpret the basic concepts of atomic and molecular structures and bonding of simple chemicals and use the periodic table.
LO2 Interpret the basic principles of solution chemistry.
LO3 Understand the concepts of acidity and basicity and pH as they apply to biological systems.
LO4 Perform the calculations involved in solution preparation.
LO5 Perform designated practical exercises in the area of solution preparation with due regard to accuracy and precision, practical dexterity and good laboratory practice.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theory 1
Atoms, atomic structure, elements, compounds and mixtures. The periodic table of the elements, molecules and bonding. The Mole, molar mass and molar volume. Concentration, molarity, normality and standard solutions. Polarity of compounds and solvents. Solutions and solubility. Concentrated, dilute, saturated and supersaturated solutions. Precipitates, suspensions and colloids. Acids, bases, buffers, the pH scale and indicators. Introduction to organic chemistry, homologous series. Structures of common pharmaceuticals, and the relationship between structure and solubility
The scheduled practicals will develop the following skills: Accuracy and precision in liquid measurement, standard solution preparation, titration, measurement of pH, effect of buffers, and analyses of common pharmaceutical products
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination two 1 hour CA Tests during the semester 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical lab book 5 30.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 2 hour exam 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.53
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SAPHA_C Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmacy Technician Studies 1 Mandatory