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PA20047: Experimental pharmacology

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 70%, EX 30%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Full Experimental Reports (CW 40%)
  • Poster Presentation (CW 20%)
  • Stastical Test (CW 10% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Exam (EX 30%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take PA20046
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce and develop experimental skills required to execute and report pharmacological investigations in isolated cells, organs and the whole organism.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit, the student should be familiar with the techniques (cellular, tissue, systemic) used to study the pharmacology of a range of mediators and drugs, and be able to present experimental data in good scientific style. The student will demonstrate an understanding and practical ability using these techniques. Students will develop their understanding of the ethical framework for using animals in medical research.

Scientific and practical skills (T/F/A)
Study skills, handling information, working with others (T/F)
Problem solving (T/F)
Presentation skills.

Examination of the pharmacology of vascular and airway smooth muscle, the CNS and whole animal physiology; using organ bath, electrophysiology, ligand binding, cell culture, immuno- and molecular techniques. Experimental design and statistical analysis of data.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA20047 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Pharmacology (Year 2)
  • USPA-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Pharmacology with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • USPA-AKM02 : MPharmacol(Hons) Pharmacology with Year long work placement (Year 2)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.