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PHARMACOLOGY

> Level 3
PA 3004
BIOCHEMICAL PHARAMCOLOGY AND TOXICOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr S Tucker

Pre-requisite(s): BI 20M3, BI 25M7

This course covers an introduction to bioanalytical techniques used in pharmacology and toxicology, ADME, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, an introduction to toxicology, carcinogenesis, mutagenesis and biochemical mechanisms of drug action. Latterly, the course will focus on special study areas relating to pharmacology + toxicology of the renal, respiratory and shetal systems.

3 one-hour lectures per week, selected 1 one-hour tutorials and 3 eight hour laboratory sessions throughout the course.

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (70%) and in-course assessment - essays, calculations, problem solving, laboratory reports, MCQ's (30%).

Resit: 1 three-hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

The students complete multiple formative exercises throughout the course relating to the different blocks of lectures. Formative problems and questions will also be issued in the practicals for students to attempt.

- Students get significant feedback on all of their submitted practical reports and their assignments that they do as part of the continuous assessment. They also get feedback relating to the solutions to the formative problems that they are faced with.
- All the assignments will be discussed with the students after they have completed them and submitted, so the written feedback is backed up with verbal feedback.
- Further feedback is available on request and encouraged by the responsible lecturer.

PA 3802
MECHANISMS OF DISEASE AND PRINCIPLES OF CHEMOTHERAPY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr H M Wallace

Pre-requisite(s): BI 20M3 and BI 25M7

A series of lectures covering cancer, immunology, antiviral and antimicrobial agents, cancer pathology and genetics.

3 one hour lectures per week and 1 all day practical.

1st Attempt: 1 one and a half hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%).
Continuous assessment comprises: 1 laboratory report, 1 presentation, 1 essay.

Resit: 1 one and a half hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment and Feedback Information

- Practical reports and essays will be marked with written comments.
- Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content.
- Students are given general feedback on performance during PRS revision sessions.

 

> Level 4

PLEASE NOTE: Resit: (for Honours students only): Candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit themselves for re-assessment and should contact the Course Co-ordinator for further details.

PA 4005
MOLECULAR PHARMACOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr R Ross

Pre-requisite(s): BM 3006 and BM 3502

Note(s): The practical work required in this course may pose difficulties to some students with disabilities. If this arises alternative arrangements will be made available. Any student wishing to discuss this further should contact the School Disability Co-ordinator.

This course will cover aspects of molecular pharmacology associated with current research topics or allied areas conducted by academic staff within the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Typical examples include structure and function of transmembrane receptors and channels; molecular recognition and response; transmembrane and intracellular signalling.

6 week course - 6 hours of lectures or tutorials per week and 1 one-hour seminar.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination paper (70%) and in-course assessment - essays, problem solving, abstract of oral presentation (30%).

PA 4302
MOLECULAR TOXICOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr H M Wallace

Pre-requisite(s): BM 3006, PA 3004.

Note(s): The practical work required in this course may pose difficulties to some students with disabilities. If this arises alternative arrangements will be made available. Any student wishing to discuss this further should contact the School Disability Co-ordinator.

This course covers aspects of toxicology relevant to pharmacology, for example topics likely to be included are: the toxicological significance of drug/xeno-biotic oxidation, neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, immunopharmacology, developmental toxicology, molecular carcinogenesis and risk assessment.

3 one-hour lectures, 1 one-hour seminar, 1 one-hour tutorial per week and 1 four hour laboratory session.

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination paper (70%) and in-course assessment - essays, laboratory reports, and problem solving (30%).

PA 4501
PHARMACOLOGY PROJECT
CREDIT POINTS 60

Course Co-ordinator: Dr D Shewan

Pre-requisite(s): BM 3006, PA 3004, PA 3802.

Co-requisite(s): BM 4004

Note(s): (i) Only available to students in Pharmacology. (ii) The practical work required in this course may pose difficulties to some students with disabilities. If this arises alternative arrangements will be made available. Any student wishing to discuss this further should contact the School Disability Co-ordinator.

A 10 week research project based on either Laboratory work or Library work. The students will learn laboratory and literature research techniques and present a thesis. The thesis is defended in an oral presentation.

10 weeks of 5 days per week in a Laboratory or Library.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment with contributions from thesis (75%) and practical work (25%).