Module Catalogue 2018/19

BSA1006 : Practical Skills in Pharmacology for Study Abroad

  • Offered for Year: 2018/19
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Richard McQuade
  • Lecturer: Dr Lindsey Ferrie
  • Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 3.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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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 saftey.

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).

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module students should be able to:
1. Explain the underlying principles of a number of essential practical techniques used to investigate pharmacology.
2. Describe health and safety precautions which need to be taken when working in pharmacology laboratories.
3. Demonstrate how Excel spreadsheets can be used to present and analyse scientific data.

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of this module students should be able to:
1. Carry out a number of essential practical techniques used to investigate pharmacology.
2. Work safely in pharmacology laboratories (legal awareness).
3. Record and analyse biological data from experiments in pharmacology (critical thinking, data synthesis & numeracy)
4. Carry out scientific calculations relevant to pharmacology (data synthesis & numeracy, problem solving)
5. Use computer aided learning packages to explore concepts in pharmacology (use of computer application)
6. Create spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel and to use the functions of Excel to analyse and present experimental data (data synthesis & numeracy, use of computer application)

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Assessed
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Literacy : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Present
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Independence : Present
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
      • Interpersonal : Present
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Present
  • Application
    • Legal Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Written report and online assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching13:003:00IT training sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CMB1006Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture will provide an introduction to the practical work

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.

Reading Lists

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 written and online worksheets assessing knowledge and understanding of pharmacology practical work
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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2018/19 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2018/19 entry will be published here in early-April 2018. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.