ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY - SELECTED TOPICS IN DRUG ACTION - 2017/8

Module code: BMS3055

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 6

JACs code

B210

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 24

Tutorial Hours: 1

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK (3 ESSAYS X 1000 WORDS) 100%

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS2047 Pharmacology: Introduction to Drug Action

Module overview

The purpose of the module is to build on the second year module in pharmacology and provide more depth in selected areas

Module aims

To provide a selective understanding of neurotransmitters and mediators in the periphery and the CNS

To provide an understanding of the enzymology, molecular biology, regulation and chemistry of drug metabolism

To provide a theoretical understanding of the kinetic disposition of drugs

To focus on systems of current interest as active research areas and areas of potential drug development

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
How neurotransmitters and mediators are involved in physiological functions
How neurotransmitters and mediators are altered in disease and can be targets for drugs
How metabolism influences drug action
How the basic concepts of chemistry, biochemistry and physiology integrate in drug metabolism

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Purines as neurotransmitters and mediators
NO as a neurotransmitter and mediator
Lipid-derived mediators
Mediators and inflammation
Cannabinoids
5-HT
Dopamine
Neuropeptides
GABA
Phase 1 & 2 Drug metabolism
Factors affecting drug metabolism

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
Tutorials
2-3 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 three coursework essays from a choice of four, 1000 words, with four different deadlines (provisionally on system weeks 8, 7, 13 and 19 week of semester)


 

Formative assessment and feedback

 

The students can answer all four of the coursework questions if they wish, and get feedback on each before they submit the next.  The mark that they receive is the best three 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 ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY - SELECTED TOPICS IN DRUG ACTION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms3055

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.