PED2005 : Systems Pharmacology

Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 15.0


The module aims to provide you with:

• a knowledge and understanding of several major body systems
• a knowledge and understanding of how drugs can modify the various processes within such systems
• an opportunity to further develop practical skills
• an opportunity to further develop oral and written communication skills

Module Summary:
The principles of drug action on major organ systems including the cardiovascular, CNS, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and the endocrine system and the use of drugs in the treatment of diseases involving such systems are covered in this module. Lectures will address major disease processes in each system and the mechanisms by which drugs exert their pharmacological/therapeutic effects. Lectures are complemented by computer aided learning (CAL) sessions and seminars. Through the use of isolated organs in vitro you will develop the practical skills of evaluating the pharmacological activity of drugs and their interaction with specific receptors.

Assessment is based on in-course assignments (30%) and written examination (70%).

Outline Of Syllabus

See above.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture291:0029:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:006:00Class Tests
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical14:004:00CAL
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Seminar
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1246:00246:00Private study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures communicate knowledge and guide private study. CALs compliment the core knowledge passed to students during lectures. Practicals provide personal experience of essential laboratory practices, equipment and safety procedures, and analysis of data using numerical techniques and computers. Seminars provide the opportunity to revise and reinforce taught material. Presentation of scientific papers provides an opportunity to develop analytical thinking, teamwork and oral presentation skills. Essay writing provides the opportunity for revision, private study and improvement of written communication skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A70N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
MIC2025Bacterial interactions with human hosts and the immune system in human disease2N/A
PED2005Systems Pharmacology2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M5Assessed essay
Practical/lab report2M20N/A
Prof skill assessmnt1M5Oral presentation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination essays/ structured questions will be used to assess knowledge, independent learning and understanding of material relevant to the module, the ability to integrate this material and to communicate clearly and the ability for critical thought. The in- course essay is used to assess knowledge and understanding of material and ability to integrate across a range of sources. The oral communication will be used to assess students ability to assess students ability to assimilate information and to communicate clearly and to introduce students to this form of assessment which will be used in stage 3 to partly assess the research project. The practical write ups will be used to test the student's ability to acquire and accurately use laboratory skills including analysis of data and clear presentation of findings and conclusions. The associated calculations promote the skills of reasoning and data interpretation and test numeracy.

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