PHARMACOLOGY: INTRODUCTION TO DRUG ACTION - 2023/4
Module code: BMS2047
The purpose of the module is to introduce the subject of pharmacology to the students
School of Biosciences and Medicine
TRINDER Sarah (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: B210
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 6
Independent Learning Hours: 77
Lecture Hours: 12
Tutorial Hours: 12
Laboratory Hours: 1
Guided Learning: 12
Captured Content: 30
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
BMS1032 - Introduction to principles of physiology and practical skills
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
• Drugs for motor disorders
• Opioids and centrally-acting analgesics
• Drug absorption, distribution, metabolism & excretion (ADME)
• Factors affecting ADME
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||COURSEWORK - ESSAY||30|
|Examination Online||EXAM - PART A - 50 MCQS - 1 HOUR||35|
|Examination Online||EXAM - PART B - ONE ESSAY QUESTION (FROM A CHOICE OF THREE)||35|
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, 1000 words.
· One exam, which consists of:
- Part A - 50 MCQs in 1 hour
- Part B - 1 essay question from a choice of 3
Formative assessment and feedback
Coursework tutorials, writing workshops and peer feedback sessions will be timetabled.
- As part of this process students will be able to access exemplar essay and in groups consider feedback they would give as well as engage with the grade descriptors to give a mark.
Students will receive feedback on their essay prior to the exam period.
Tutorials and the discussion board will give students plenty of opportunity to engage in a manner that suits them and receive feedback.
General feedback on each question is provided via SurreyLearn so that all students can benefit from it.
- 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
|1||Describe how drugs can modify the activity of various body systems|
|2||Describe how this can be therapeutically useful and also how this can give rise to side effects|
|3||Be familiar with the major classes of drugs in therapeutic use|
|4||Know how the body handles drugs, and how this influences the response to some drugs|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
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
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.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Microbiology BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||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|
|Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||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 MSci (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|
|Biochemistry MSci (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Biological Sciences 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|
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 2023/4 academic year.