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Unit information: Principles of Pharmacology 2B - Pharmacology of Body Systems in 2021/22

Unit name Principles of Pharmacology 2B - Pharmacology of Body Systems
Unit code PHPH20012
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Poole
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit addresses how drugs are handled by the body at the molecular, cellular and systems level. Major topics include: administration of drugs and their fate in the body; cellular signal transduction mechanisms; systematic pharmacology.

Aims:

At the end of this unit students should be able to explain the basic principles of pharmacokinetics (how the body handles drugs), describe a wide range of signaling processes and how they operate, understand the processes involved in inflammation and allergy and the drug treatment for inflammatory diseases, describe the rationale for pharmacological treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, nausea and vomiting, understand the mechanisms of action, clinical uses and adverse effects of drugs affecting the renal and cardiovascular systems.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1.Function and pharmacology of known receptor subtypes;

2.Composition and pharmacology of cell signalling pathways;

3.Drug use in exemplar disease states;

4.Modern electrophysiological, biochemical and molecular biological techniques;

5.Drug Toxicology;

6.How drugs are handled by the body (pharmacokinetics);

7.Synthesise information from a variety of sources (textbooks, lectures and tutorials, practical classes, original and review scientific papers, databases);

8.Understand and interpret experimental practice and design;

9.Analyse and interpret experimental data, and draw logical conclusions from the results;

10.Plan and design projects.

11.Communicate clearly both orally and in writing;

12.Work effectively as part of a team, demonstrating organisation, leadership, decision-making and time management;

13.Retrieve and manage information, making appropriate use of library and web-based facilities;

14.Utilise appropriate computer / keyboard skills;

Teaching Information

Lectures (31)

Practicals (10)

Small group tutorials (4)

e-learning (eBiolabs pre- and post-practical assignments; CALs)

Assessment Information

Coursework 30%

  • eBiolabs quizzes (15%)
  • Tutorial work (15%)

End of unit assessment 70%

  • Short answer question/ MCQ paper (20%)
  • Essay paper (50%)

Resources

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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