PED3008 : Advanced Topics in Neuropharmacology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aims of this module are to provide students with the opportunity to gain a current understanding of:
• morphological, neurochemical and functional correlates of neuropsychiatric disorders.
• pharmacological mechanisms and approaches used to treat and understand the biological basis of that neuropsychiatric disorders.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will focus on the neuropharmacology of specific neuropsychiatric disorders - depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and addiction. In the initial 3 sessions you will learn about the anatomy of the brain, its gross organisation and neural pathways associated with these diseases. Following this, groups of lectures will be dedicated to each of the disorders. You will learn about specific molecular, neurochemical and anatomical pathologies of these disorders and how targeting these pathologies with pharmacological agents is often the most effective way of treating the disorder. Emphasis will also be placed on new approaches used to devise more effective therapeutic strategies in neuropharmacology. All teaching sessions are delivered by leading researchers in biological psychiatry.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study181:0081:00Private study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The practical class will enable students to be introduced to the anatomy of the CNS.

Lectures will provide a forum for presentation of factual material.

Seminars will provide a forum for discussion of appropriate and relevant topics and allow students to further their knowledge and understanding of the field.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A80Choice of 2 essays from 4
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M20Timed Essay. Duration 45 minutes.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The timed essay will provide the students with the opportunity to practice their essay writing skills under exam conditions and be provided with feedback in preparation for the final exam. The final exam will allow assessment of the individual student’s ability to retrieve and apply their taught and researched knowledge to answer particular neuropharmacological questions.
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.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.

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