PED3011 : Toxicology

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 differences in susceptibility
• Adverse effects of medicines

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture31:003:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study183:0083:00Private study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A80Answer 2 from choice of 4 questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M20Open Book Essay - 1500 words
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 within constrained time limits.

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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