Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Technology (Pharmacy Technology)
|Awarding institution 頒授機構||Macao Polytechnic University|
|Responsible academic unit 負責學術單位||Faculty of Health Sciences and Sports|
|Endorsement in the Official Gazette 政府公報批示||60/2021|
|Name of final award / programme title 學位及課程名稱||Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Technology (Pharmacy Technology)|
|Duration of study 學習年期||4 years|
|MPU programme code 理大課程編號||4LBMFDCI|
|FHEQ level of award FHEQ學歷水準||Level 6|
|QAA benchmark group QAA學科基準組別||-|
|Programme accredited by 專業認可機構||Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES)|
|Language of instruction 授課語言||English / Chinese|
Academic units which will also be involved in teaching part of the programme
|Faculty of Applied Science, Faculty of Arts and Design, Faculty of Language and Translation, Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, MPU-BELL Centre of English|
Institution(s) other than MPU that will provide some teaching to the programme
|Health Bureau, Kiang Wu Hospital, Independent Community Pharmacy|
Programme description 課程簡介
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Technology trains qualified pharmacy technicians and general medical technicians who are capable of conducting scientific and clinical research. Students are equipped with a sound understanding of pharmacy technology. Graduates are qualified as practising professionals. Qualified graduates will gain direct admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) programme at the University of Illinois, U.S. for graduate studies.
Programme objectives 課程目標
The programme aims to develop students' understanding of the knowledge, theories, skills and clinical practice related to the pharmacy profession. Students will gain a solid foundation and rich scientific concepts in pharmaceutical knowledge which allows them to conduct qualitative and quantitative research on selected topics in health sciences. They will be equipped with critical thinking and hands-on capabilities in their fields of expertise which are transferable to the work environment.
What will you be expected to achieve? 期望達到的成效
Upon completion of the programme, students are expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes in terms of academic contents, disciplinary skills, and attributes. The goal of the programme is to prepare graduates to be qualified pharmacy technicians with professional knowledge and high ethical standards. Graduates start their careers as pharmacy technicians at hospitals, clinic pharmacies or other organisations in the pharmaceutical industry.
Academic contents 學術內容
|A1||Knowledge of basic and advvanced modules in pharmacy technology|
|A2||Knowledge and understanding of analytical tools and their applications in pharmacy technology|
|A3||Understanding of literature which affects modern pharmacy technology in practice|
Disciplinary skills‐ able to 學科技能
|B1||Understand theories, analytical approaches, methodologies and practices that underpin pharmacy management in modern society|
|B2||Evaluate, extrapolate and synthesise relevant literature and empirical data|
|B3||Apply pharmacy technology expertise to solve a broad range of problems|
|C1||To learn continuously within academia and industry and beyond and employ relevant information and knowledge in understanding different contexts|
|C2||To acquire research skills and values in pharmacy technology|
|C3||To develop knowledge and analytical skills that are transferable to pharmacy technology in practice|
Mapping of Graduate Attributes to Programme Intended Learning Outcomes & Learning Modules
How will you learn? 如何學習
Through lectures, supplementary readings, group discussions, collaborative projects and other learning opportunities, students will acquire the learning outcomes expected from individual learning modules. Internship is emphasised in the programme for the purpose of training qualified pharmacy technicians. A formal 1-year (1000 working hours) is practised in Year 4 in the programme.
How will you be assessed? 如何評核
The programme schedules an annual examination board which considers all student academic profiles and agrees classifications and progression routes. Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, presentations, projects, laboratory reports, tutorials, mid-term and final examinations. Explicit guidance on coursework requirement for each module is given, emphasising approaches to coursework of various types and how to avoid plagiarism, together with rules and procedures. Examinations are typically of a two-hour paper undertaken at the end of each semester. Examination papers will be reviewed by internal moderators and then by external examiners. All examination papers go through a moderation marking procedure. Samples of three examination answer sheets (high, medium and low grades) are sent to the external examiners for quality control. Re-sit exam will be given for qualifies students who fail their first attempt at the end of each semester. Re-sit marks are capped at 50%. Normally, students who fail again in the re-sit examination or those who fail to meet attendance requirement will be required to repeat the failed modules.
How is the programme structured? 課程架構
The programme is delivered over eight semesters spanning four years. Students are required to acquire 163 credits for graduation. The first year covers fundamental knowledge in biology, chemistry, dispensing techniques, as well as in the relevant supporting disciplines, such as information technology and languages. The second year is the broadening year, in which students will accumulate more knowledge in pharmaceutical theories and analyses at an intermediate level. The third year is designed to strengthen students’ skills in pharmacy practice and research methods on a larger scale and on a more advanced level. The final year is designed to enhance students’ practical experience through internship and a graduation thesis. During the second and third years, students will be able to choose electives that they are interested in and acquire more in-depth knowledge in history and culture, public health and medicine.
Learning Module Title
Learning Module Code
Learning Module Selection Status
Year of Study
|Anatomy and Physiology||BSAP1101||4||Compulsory||1||1|
|Basic Dispensing Techniques I||BSDT1101||4||Compulsory||1||1|
|Basic Dispensing Techniques II||BSDT1102||4||Compulsory||1||2|
|Introduction to Pharmacy Profession||BSPP1101||1||Compulsory||1||1|
|Information Technology Fundamentals||COMP1101||2||Compulsory||1||1|
|Advanced Computer Applications||COMP1102||2||Compulsory||1||2|
|Constitution and Basic Law||LLAW1110||2||Compulsory||1||2|
|Complete 1 module from elective group A||See below||2||Compulsory||2||1|
|Complete 1 module from elective group B||See below||2||Compulsory||2||2|
|Pharmacy Practice I||BSPP2102||3||Compulsory||2||1|
|College Chinese I||CHIN2121||2||Compulsory||2||1|
|College Chinese II||CHIN2122||2||Compulsory||2||2|
|Complete 1 module from elective group B||See below||2||Compulsory||3||1|
|Traditional Chinese Medicine||BSCM3102||3||Compulsory||3||1|
|Clinical Pharmacy I||BSCP3101||4||Compulsory||3||1|
|Clinical Pharmacy II||BSCP3102||4||Compulsory||3||2|
|Health Education and Promotion||BSHE3102||3||Compulsory||3||2|
|Pharmacy Practice II||BSPP3101||4||Compulsory||3||1|
|Pharmacy Practice III||BSPP3102||3||Compulsory||3||2|
|Electives - Group A|
|Introduction to Chinese Culture||CHIN2100||2||Elective||2||1|
|History and Culture of Macao||HIST1111||2||Elective||1||2|
|Music and Film Appreciation||MUS1100||2||Elective||1||2|
|Introductin to Sociology||SOCI2100||2||Elective||2||1|
|Electives - Group B|
|Public Health and Preventive Medicine||BSPE2102||2||Elective||3||1|
|Introduction to Psychology||PSYC1100||2||Elective||2||2|
What are the Entry Requirements? 入學條件
According to Article 3 of Academic Regulations Governing Bachelor's Degree Programmes of MPU,
An applicant shall be considered for admission to a bachelor’s degree programme of the University if s/he
a) holds a qualification not lower than Grade 12 or the equivalent, and
b) fulfils other admission criteria prescribed by the programme of study concerned.
- An applicant of age 23 or above, proven to possess relevant capabilities (especially in the entrance examination(s) of MPU), shall be considered for admission to a bachelor’s degree programme with a waiver on the requirement in item a) of above point.
How do we listen and act on your feedback? 如何聽取及回應學生的回饋
Each student is allocated a year tutor who provides general academic and pastoral support throughout the four years of study. Year tutors are the first point of contact in matters stated above. Various communication channels are available for students to express their opinions and suggestions, such as via their respective year tutors, student representatives, programme coordinators and assistant programme coordinators, and dialogue meetings on different levels. The dialogue meetings serve as platforms for consultation and discussion between students and respective personnel ranging from the programme, the school, the academic support and administrative units, to the institutional management. Feedback is made by respective personnel to every issue raised by the students during the meeting with follow-up actions tracked. Student surveys are conducted in every learning module on a semesterly basis to collect students' opinions regarding the delivery of the modules. User satisfaction surveys are conducted annually on central student services. Feedback collected via these surveys will be followed up by the school or respective departments.
Academic support and guidance 教學支援及指導
Students will receive an orientation about their four years of study at the beginning of the first year. Year tutors are appointed to individual students upon admission to provide academic and pastoral support throughout the period of study in the programme. Students may seek academic advices from their year tutors or programme coordinators regarding their learning path/plan and registration of learning modules. In individual learning modules, the instructors' office hours and contact information are made accessible to students for any questions regarding their study. Students' learning engagement and performance will be reviewed on a regular basis by year tutors and programme coordinators to identify learning needs and provide relevant support. Students' learning performance and progression will also be reviewed by the programme examination board to ensure their learning is adequately supported and their progress is on track. In addition, counselling services, careers services and student support services are accessible to all students through the Student Affairs Office. A wide variety of extracurricular activities (e.g. seminars, workshops, exchange opportunities, field trips etc.) are available via the Student Affairs Office. Students may make full use of the variety of learning oppportunities, both curricular and extracurricular, to develop their academic and holistic capabilities for their future careers or further studies.
Programme-specific rules and facts 課程特定的規則及事項
Support for students with disabilities 身心障礙學生支援
Macao Polytechnic University has in place a university-wide policy to ensure that all student needs are taken care of and a supportive and accessible learning environment is maintained. When cases of special needs are notified or identified, special arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis with the joint effort of the programme and various student support services of the University, such as the Registry, the Student Affairs Office, the Information Technology Department and the Campus Management and Development Department, etc. to provide the necessary support.
Links with employers, internship opportunities and transferable skills 與僱主的關係、實習機會及可轉移技能
The programme has a close relationship with hospital pharmacy, clinic pharmacy, community pharmacy, pharmaceutical industry, trading companies, regulatory authorities, educational and research institutions so as to provide internship opportunities to students. The programme also works closely with career advisors to locate possible placements, internships and trainings on career development, helping students to reach potential employers. Short-term and voluntary internship opportunities are also provided to students in collaboration with higher education institutions in Macao, Taiwan and Portugal.