Pharmacological Sciences Ph.D. Learning Outcomes

PLO 1. Core Knowledge

  • Discovery, design, development, and delivery of drugs 
  • Structure and dynamics of biological macromolecules 
  • Graduate-level basic pharmacology 
  • In-depth analysis of one drug-receptor system

PLO 2. Research Methods and Analysis

  • Methods and analysis performed during two research rotations during first year 
  • In-depth methods and analysis employed during pre-candidacy and dissertation research 
  • Acquire a skillset to apply methods and analyses to perform independently a graduate-level research

PLO 3. Pedagogy

  • Address common classroom and laboratory challenges 
  • Design lessons, assignments, and in some cases written examinations 
  • Direct upper-division writing if TAing PhrmSci 177L or 174L 
  • Mentor students in research laboratories

PLO 4. Scholarly Communication

  • Present written and oral report in PhrmSci 250 
  • Present written and oral report as part of the Candidacy Exam 
  • Organize and present relevant background literature, hypotheses, research methods, and research results in concise manner, both in written form and orally 
  • Publish research results and review articles in peer-reviewed journals

PLO 5. Professionalism

  • Achieve in-depth knowledge of the chosen research topic 
  • Present research results at professional meetings 
  • Attend scientific conferences and participate in scientific discussion 
  • Mentor other members of research group

PLO 6. Independent Research

  • Achieve independence in formulating scientific questions addressable by basic research experiments 
  • Design hypothesis-driven research projects

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