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Unit information: Health sciences: Pharmacology in 2015/16

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Unit name Health sciences: Pharmacology
Unit code ORDS20012
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Teschemacher
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Year 2

This Unit is not subdivided into Elements.

Pharmacology: Describe mechanisms of drug actions in relation to relevant physiology and pathophysiology, and discuss their applications to patient management.

Intended learning outcomes

Students should obtain a knowledge and understanding in order to be able to:

  • Define the mechanisms by which drugs can exert their effects on biological systems and how these may be quantified.
  • Describe and discuss the means by which drugs enter the body, distribute around the body and are eliminated from the body.
  • Describe the properties of a wide range of relevant drugs and therapeutic agents and discuss their application to patient management.
  • Discuss the effective and safe prevention, diagnosis and management of orofacial pain.
  • Discuss and interpret side effects of and interactions between drugs and therapeutic agents and their relevance to patient management.
  • Interpret patients’ mental and physical predisposition or vulnerability by the drugs they are regularly taking.
  • Describe a range of common health disorders and discuss their relevance to patient management.
  • Appraise the health risks of drugs and substance misuse, and substances such as tobacco and alcohol on oral and general health.

Students should acquire the skills and attributes necessary for:

  • Understanding the principles of scientific investigation and evidence-based approaches to patient care.
  • Experimental design.
  • Successful team work.
  • Appropriate and effective communication of research results.

Teaching details

Lectures (35)

Small group tutorials (3)

Computer assisted learning tutorials (3)

Laboratory sessions (7)

Feedback sessions (2)

Assessment Details

  • Final exam (summative, 60mins + 90mins, online MCQ and EMQ) – 70%.
  • Online assessments supporting laboratory practical sessions (predominantly formative, small summative component) - 8.4%.
  • Staff-led peer marking of laboratory practical work (predominantly formative, small summative component) - 5.6%.
  • Computer-assisted learning tutorials (predominantly formative, small summative component) - 6%.
  • Midsessional exam (predominantly formative, small summative component, 1hr online MCQ and EMQ) - 10%.

Reading and References

  • Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter J M, Henderson G, Flower RJ. Rang & Dale’s pharmacology. 7th ed. Elsevier Health Sciences; 2011. ISBN 9780702045042.
  • British National Formulary. British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Regularly updated and published in print and online.
  • Page CP, Curtis M, Walker M, Hoffman B. Integrated pharmacology. 3rd ed. Elsevier Mosby; 2006. ISBN 9780323040808.
  • eBiolabs 2BDS Pharmacology online information.
  • QuestionMark: On line tutorial information.