PHRM07021 2020 Active Ingredient sythesis

General Details

Full Title
Active Ingredient sythesis
Transcript Title
Active Ingredient sythesis
N/A %
Subject Area
PHRM - Pharmaceutical Science
LIFE - Life Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Declan Shelly, Yvonne Lang
Programme Membership
SG_SPHAD_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science

This module involves the synthesis of a range of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and associated regulatory aspects of the process.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate competence in the application of a range of organic chemical synthetic techniques to the production of some common active pharmaceutical ingredients.


Determine quantities of starting materials as well as relevant glassware and equipment required for each synthesis.


Generate and follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in the use of some standard laboratory equipment.


While working as a member of a group, evaluate the risks associated with each synthetic method and understand how to mitigate against these risks.


Record and report on the synthetic method, including any deviations or variations to the process.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered to online. This will include lectures and laboratory practicals augmented by independent learning and directed learning. Attendance at a workshop to complete the laboratory practicals is mandatory. Exemption from attending the workshop may be considered where a student can demonstrate that the learning outcomes of the practicals can be achieved through a work-based project. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 65% continuous assessment and 35% final exam.

Students will be assessed using Moodle based multiple choice and short answer questions, laboratory performance and results, and reinforced with a final written examination.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Indicative Syllabus

This module encompasses API synthesis. Practical sessions will include:

  • Generation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Synthesis

Emphasis throughout is on awareness of GMP / GLP requirements in a pharmaceutical environment.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Short Answer Quizzes Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 15 % OnGoing 2,3
2 Practical Portfolio Practical Individual Project 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 35 % End of Semester 1,3

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Science Laboratory Practical Workshop 15 Once Per Semester 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-directed Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources