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PED2006 : Systems Pharmacology

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Farhad Kamali
  • Lecturer: Prof. Philip Home, Dr Lindi Chen, Dr Lindsey Ferrie, Dr Scott Walker, Dr Peter Chater, Dr Sarah Judge
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to provide students with:

• a knowledge and understanding of the physiological control of several major body systems
• a knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms by which drugs can modify the function of such systems
• an opportunity to further develop practical skills specific to pharmacological research
• an opportunity to research an area of drug treatment in further detail

Outline Of Syllabus

The module covers five major systems (themes) including the central nervous system, respiratory, gastrointestinal, endocrine system and immune system. Each theme describes the cellular and physiological control of that system in both health and disease states. The mechanism of action of drug classes used in the treatment of each disease state are then described as well as possible side effects and their causes. CNS and Endocrine themes are supported by a revision seminar and the gastrointestinal theme is supported by three in vitro practicals.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00PIP - Lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Non-sync online via Recaps/short recordings/formative activities/quizzes/problem solving questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00PIP - develop further practical skills specific to pharmacological research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:002:00Synchronous online sessions to facilitate discussion of module content and check for understanding
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Sync online session to prepare students for written final examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Sync online session to prepare students for written final examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00PIP - Ethics Workshop
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1166:00166:00Writing up lecture notes, revision and general reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Sync online - introduction to module and module assessments
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture and Lecture materials are used to impart new information and to support students integrating their knowledge from other stages and modules of the course.

The seminar sessions are designed to reinforce the taught material and provide an opportunity for students to clarify concepts or challenge their learning further through peer and staff discussions.

The workshop introduces students to the ethical issues and considerations associated with in vivo research. The practicals link directly with the GI theme of the module so provide contextual learning for the students in addition to experience of techniques, equipment and safety procedures in the laboratory.

Public Health Contingency:
All lectures, seminars and workshops can/will move to online either as synchronous or non-synchronous delivery.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70Invigilated Exam: 50% SAQ / 50% essay
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M30Structured practical report - 1250 word count
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MExtended Essay - 1250 word count
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The practical report challenges the students to concisely summarise their experiment design and results in a manner they will have seen before in the literature but have never written themselves without a pro-forma. The report assesses the students’ theoretical knowledge of the GI system as well as their ability to use an evidence-based approach in their scientific writing. This is also useful training before the stage 3 dissertation projects.

Public health contingency:
Invigilated exam will/can move to online, 24-hour take home exam: 50% SAQ – 4 each with a 400 word limit; 50% essay 1250 words

Reading Lists