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PA30144: 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: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: OT 40%, PR 60%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Practical Report (PR 40%)
  • Assessed Practical Work (PR 20%)
  • Poster Presentation (OT 40%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To familiarise the student with the methods used to measure functional pharmacological responses and to develop skills in using these techniques to study the systematic pharmacology of different organs within the body and in presenting scientific data in report and poster format. After taking this unit, the student should demonstrate (1) an understanding of the pharmacological techniques used to study the actions of drugs in isolated tissue and (2) an ability to write a scientific report and to plan, prepare and present a scientific poster.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the unit the student should be able to:
* Plan a simple pharmacology experiment to analyse the activity of pharmacological agonists or antagonists
* Execute the planned experiment and analyse the resulting data appropriately
* Present the resulting data and draw appropriate conclusions in a practical report
* Plan, design and present a poster based on experimental data.

Study skills, including practical skills and team-working (T/F/A)
ICT skill, handling information, data analysis (T/F/A)
Written communication (T/F/A)
Oral communication (T/F/A)

The student will undertake a number of in vitro practical experiments in pharmacology, one or more of which will be used to develop a practical report.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA30144 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
* 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.