Module Catalogue 2014/15

PED1003 : Pharmacology

  • Offered for Year: 2014/15
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Lindsey Ferrie
  • Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

The aims of the course are to:
1. provide students with an understanding of the mechanisms and targets of drug action;
2. relate drug action at the cellular level to overall pharmacological and toxicological effects;

This module introduces the subject of Pharmacology, using well-known drugs to illustrate important principles. The series of lectures is designed to provide an understanding of the mechanisms and targets of drug action at a cellular level to overall pharmacological and toxicological effects. We will consider the various routes by which drugs can be administered, and the factors that affect the distribution and bioavailability of a drug. The course then moves on to consider drugs that work on the nervous system. This section of the course looks at the treatment of Parkinson's disease and depression, and also considers drugs of abuse including cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana. We introduce examples of drugs that act on the endocrine system, including insulin and female hormonal contraceptives and also look at the pharmacology of commonly used anti inflammatories and immunosuppressants, antihistamines, antibiotics, antiprotazoal and anticancer drugs. Finally we learn about different types of adverse drug reactions drawing on the examples of drugs already introduced during the course of the module.

Outline Of Syllabus

The lectures and seminars cover the following topics:

1. Principles of pharmacology: targets for drug action; quantification of drug action; drug disposition; pharmacokinetics
2. Neurotransmission in the nervous system
3. Peripheral Nervous System: drugs acting on the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system; pharmacology of asthma treatment; local anaesthetics
4. Central Nervous System: pharmacology of antiparkinsonion drugs; pharmacology of antidepressants; drugs of abuse
5. Drugs and the endocrine system: the endocrine system; sex hormones and oral contraceptives
6. Drug effects on other systems: Inflammation and anti-inflammatories; antihistamines; anticancer drugs; antibiotics/antiprotazoal, toxins, poisoning and overdose; Adverse Drug Reactions

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:
1. Explain the role of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion in drug disposition
2. Explain the mechanisms of drug action of well-known drug examples
3. Explain how drugs modify the action of chemical mediators to produce therapeutic and adverse effects

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

1. Independently locate information about Pharmacology via the library, Blackboard and the internet, to support and reinforce material taught in lectures (information literacy)

2. Work with peers in small groups to solve Pharmacology related problems in seminars (problem solving & collaboration)

3. Effectively communicate knowledge of Pharmacology, obtained from lectures and private study, to peers and staff during seminars (oral and interpersonal communication skills)

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Active Learning : Present
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Present
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Present
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
      • Peer Assessment Review : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture261:0026:00
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formative class tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00
Total150:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Lectures will define the scope of the course and communicate basic knowledge as a basis for further study.
2. Seminars will encourage students to develop their understanding of the subject and interpersonal communication skills. They provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and exchange ideas in a small group setting. Skills practiced include critical thinking, numeracy, communication & team working.
3. Private study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes and texts; preparation for seminars; using learning resources on the Web. Skills practiced include critical thinking, active learning, numeracy, planning and organisation and independence.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A100EMI format: 25-30 questions
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
2N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment2MA mid-semester EMI (formative) 25-30 questions will be provided to students under exam conditions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The end of semester examination assesses knowledge and understanding of the course material. The formative EMI questions will help students assess their knowledge and understanding of course material as well as familiarise students with the format of an EMI exam.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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