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BSA1006 : Practical Skills in Pharmacology for Study Abroad

Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 3.0


This module introduces students to practical skills essential to students studying pharmacology. It links closely with the complementary module Pharmacology (PED1003) which is a co-requisite for this module. Students learn practical techniques for quantification of drugs in biological fluids and use these techniques to explore the effect of charcoal on drug absorption and the processes affecting drug metabolism. They also measure the different therapeutic and side effect profiles of commonly used bronchodilators.

The module will also highlight the importance of laboratory health and safety..

Outline Of Syllabus

The Pharmacology practical skills module consists of laboratory-based practicals on the following topics: drug metabolism in vitro by liver microsomes; determination of paracetamol pharmacokenetics using spectrophotometry; the bronchodilator effects of inhaled salbutamol and ipratropium; the absorption of paracetamol and the effect of charcoal on drug absorption.

The module is offered ONLY to Study abroad students. Students on other programmes in the School
of Biomedical sciences may take the same practical classes as part of CMB1006 (Practical skills in
Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences 2).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Online assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00IT training sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study137:0037:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
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Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Small group teaching will introduce IT skills needed for the practical work

Practicals will provide experience of laboratory work; information presented in practicals will include knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of essential practical techniques and laboratory health and safety. Students will gain hands-on experience of a range of practical techniques and safe laboratory practice. Practical classes will allow students to develop skills in recording and analysing biological data, carrying out scientific calculations and using computers. Practicals also provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and exchange ideas with peers, demonstrators and academic staff in a relatively informal setting. Skills practised include critical thinking, data synthesis, numeracy & use of computer applications.

Independent study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes and texts relevant to the practicals; preparation for practicals and completing assessments.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M100In-course online worksheets
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Practical reports will test the students' knowledge and understanding of practical techniques, ability to record and analyse biological data, ability to carry out scientific calculations and ability to use computer aided learning packages.

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