Incorporating an Educational Field Trip into the Teaching of Pharmaceutical R&D for Pharmacy Students: A Case Study


  • Eric C.Y. Chan Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore, 18 Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543
  • Edward R. Browne GlaxoSmithKline NCEDD Cognition & Neurodegeneration Centre, Biopolis at One-North, 11 Biopolis Way, The Helios, #03- 01/02, Singapore 138667


Educational field trip, pharmaceutical R&D, experiential education


In the teaching of applied sciences such as pharmacy, it is important for the students to relate the acquired knowledge to practical applications in the work environment so as to enhance students’ interest in the subject and promote deep learning. In the elective module PR4207 Applied Pharmacokinetics and Toxicokinetics, final year pharmacy students are taught the theory and concepts of early phase drug development, toxicological and clinical trial research. As some of the pharmaceutical research concepts are relatively new and remote to the students, various application-based examples are necessary to help connect the students to the potential applications of such concepts. As the class size is small, it provides the lecturer an opportunity to explore an educational field trip as a tool for experiential education of the subject of drug development. The organization of the field trip to a pharmaceutical laboratory and its pedagogical outcomes are discussed and elaborated in this paper.


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