ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY - SELECTED TOPICS IN DRUG ACTION - 2020/1

Module code: BMS3055

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 provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

TRINDER Sarah Louise (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: B210

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS2047 Pharmacology: Introduction to Drug Action

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


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK - 1 ESSAY (from a choice of 3) X 2000 WORDS 50
Examination Exam - 1 question from a choice of 3 (1 hour; must not be from the same lecturer as coursework) 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

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:



  • One coursework essay, 2000 words. There will be a choice from 3 essay titles.  Deadline will be before the Christmas break (50%).


  • Exam (1 hour) - 1 question from a choice of 3 (50%).



    • NB - the exam question should not be from the same lecturer as the coursework attempted by the student. Should a student take an exam and coursework question from the same lecturer the module mark will be capped at 40%.  





 



  • Formative assessment and feedback



The students will get feedback on the coursework essay before the exam. General feedback on each question is provided via SurreyLearn so that all students can benefit from it. Use of discussion board throughout the module

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
1 How neurotransmitters and mediators are involved in physiological functions
2 How neurotransmitters and mediators are altered in disease and can be targets for drugs
3 How metabolism influences drug action
4 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

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 122

Lecture Hours: 25

Tutorial Hours: 3

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


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY - SELECTED TOPICS IN DRUG ACTION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms3055

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Biomedicine with Data Science BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Microbiology (Medical) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biotechnology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Microbiology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biochemistry MSci (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 1 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 2020/1 academic year.