PHARMACOLOGY: INTRODUCTION TO DRUG ACTION - 2017/8

Module code: BMS2047

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

TRINDER S Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

B210

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 42

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 1 - 1000 WORD ESSAY 25
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 - 1000 WORD ESSAY 25
Examination EXAM - 1 HOUR, 2 ESSAY -TYPE QUESTIONS FROM A CHOICE OF 5. 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS1032 - Introduction to principles of physiology and practical skills

Module overview

The purpose of the module is to introduce the subject of pharmacology to the students

Module aims

To provide an overview of pharmacology with the emphasis on therapeutically useful drugs

To provide a framework, based on physiology and biochemistry, for understanding the mechanism of action of drugs

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Describe how drugs can modify the activity of various body systems
Describe how this can be therapeutically useful and also how this can give rise to side effects
Be familiar with the major classes of drugs in therapeutic use
Know how the body handles drugs, and how this influences the response to some drugs

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Introduction to drugs and receptors
• Drugs and peripheral nervous system
• Drugs for cardiovascular diseases
• Inflammation and anti-inflammatory drugs
• Central nervous system neurotransmitters
• Anxiolytics and hypnotics
• Anti-epileptic drugs
• Anti-depressants
• Anti-psychotics
• Drugs for motor disorders
• Opioids and centrally-acting analgesics
• Chemotherapy
• Drug absorption, distribution, metabolism & excretion (ADME)
• Pharmacokinetics
• Factors affecting ADME

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Provide the basic information required to understand the mechanism of action of drugs and how they are handled by the body, and encourage the students to read more widely.

The learning and teaching methods include:
• Lectures, revision tutorials, electronic voting
• 3-4 lectures/week

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

 

Understanding of the topic, and ability to find, evaluate and use additional material to answer the coursework questions.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         At least two coursework essays from a choice of three, 1000 words, designed to be flexible and give the students a chance to choose their own topics within the scope of the questions. Provisional deadlines will be Tuesday week 5, Tuesday week 9 and Tuesday week 12 of semester.

·         One 1-hour exam, with a choice of 2 out of 5 essay-type questions

 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

The students can answer all three coursework questions if they wish, and get feedback on each before the next deadline is due. The mark that they receive is the best of the marks for the questions that they attempt. General feedback on each question is provided via SurreyLearn so that all students can benefit from it.

Reading list

Reading list for PHARMACOLOGY: INTRODUCTION TO DRUG ACTION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms2047

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biotechnology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Microbiology BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Medicinal Chemistry MChem 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Microbiology (Medical) BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedicine with Data Science BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.