Medicine is just for biologists, right?

This resource pack focuses on the drug development process and how tablets are manufactured. The presentation is built around PAG 6.1 from the OCR A Level practical endorsement programme. This resource can be delivered either stand-alone or in conjunction with this practical activity. The PowerPoint presentation contains additional information to teach the theory behind the practical activity as well as looking at the future of healthcare and drug manufacture in industry.

Key Specification Points Covered:

OCR A Level Chemistry A Level:

  • 1.1.1 Planning
    • (a) experimental design, including to solve problems set in a practical context
    • (b) identification of variables that must be controlled, where appropriate
    • (c) evaluation that an experimental method is appropriate to meet the expected outcomes.
  • 1.1.2 Implementing
    • (a) how to use a wide range of practical apparatus and techniques correctly
    • (c) presenting observations and data in an appropriate format
  • 1.1.4 Evaluation
    • (a) how to evaluate results and draw conclusions
    • (b) the identification of anomalies in experimental measurements
    • (c) the limitations in experimental procedures
    • (d) precision and accuracy of measurements and data, including margins of error, percentage errors and uncertainties in apparatus
    • (e) refining experimental design by suggestion of improvements to the procedures and apparatus.
  • 4.2.3(a) the techniques and procedures for:
    • (i) use of Quickfit apparatus including for distillation and heating under reflux
    • (ii) preparation and purification of an organic liquid including: use of a separating funnel to
      remove an organic layer from an aqueous layer; drying with an anhydrous salt (e.g. MgSO4,
      CaCl2); redistillation
  • 4.2.3(c) two-stage synthetic routes for preparing organic compounds.
  • 6.2.5(a) the techniques and procedures used for the preparation and purification of organic solids
    involving use of a range of techniques including:
    • (i) organic preparation: use of Quickfit apparatus; distillation and heating under reflux
    • (ii) purification of an organic solid: filtration under reduced pressure; recrystallisation; measurement of melting points
  • 6.2.5(c) multi-stage synthetic routes for preparing organic compounds.
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