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PED3011 : Toxicology

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Simon Wilkinson
  • Lecturer: Dr Sarah Judge, Professor Matthew Wright, Dr Jason Gill
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module aims to:

• introduce the student to toxicology as it applies to exposure of man to drugs and chemicals,
• provide a knowledge and understanding of the principles, practical aspects and applications of toxicology,
• provide an opportunity for the student to further develop critical evaluation, data retrieval and written communication skills.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Mechanisms of entry and metabolism of substances that cause a toxic effect (including oxidative stress, genotoxic and nongenotoxic carcinogenesis and teratology).
• Toxic effects on different organs and tissues
• Inter-individual and inter-species differences in susceptibility
• Adverse effects of medicines

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00PIP
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Non-sync online taught session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Module introduction PiP
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities21:002:00Preparation for activities in seminars. Non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Guidance, consultation and feedback, delivered synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study179:0079:00Independent study, assessment preparation, directed research and reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures and lecture materials are used to provide students with new knowledge that will allow them to effectively read and interpret current scientific literature. The seminars will provide opportunities for discussion and for each student to check their level of understanding.

Drop-in surgeries will give students opportunities to ask questions on taught materials, seek guidance and give feedback.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A708 hour open book exam (1 essay from choice of 2). 1000 words. (online remote)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M30Open Book Essay - 1500 words. Online (remote).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The in-course essay will allow students to conduct an in-depth literature search and practice their written communication skills. Feedback will provide the opportunity for students to develop their writing skills prior to the final examination.

The final exam tests the student’s individual ability to answer complex issues around toxicology in a written format.

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

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