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PA10314: Fundamentals of pharmacology: the healthy body 2

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • EXAMINATION (EX 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this module you must take PA10311 AND take PA10312 AND take PA10313
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide the student with an understanding of the fundamental organs and systems of the healthy human body, the principles of how these physiological systems are integrated and regulated, as the basis for the later study of the pharmacology of these systems relevant to disease.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit, the student should be able to:
* Describe the structure and function of the major organs and systems of the human body.
* Demonstrate knowledge of how the function of major organs and systems is integrated and regulated in normal healthy physiology

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


* Liver anatomy & function
* Skin anatomy & function
* Kidney: anatomy & function Overview of ions & water regulation.
* Bladder and micturition
* Lungs and respiratory system
* Regulation of respiration, chemical / neuronal
* Understanding oxygen transport
* Acid / base balance
* Cellular respiration & energy, ATP, NAD, NADH
* Cellular metabolism: glucose transport & pathways
* Cellular metabolism: tricarboxylic acid cycle
* Anatomy of the cardiovascular system
* Blood flow and heart rate
* Cardiac output & ECG
* Blood pressure regulation
* The blood brain barrier
* Body temperature and energy balance
* Diet and nutrition for a healthy body
* Introduction to endocrine system
* Calcium homeostasis: bone and joint physiology
* Calcium homeostasis: hormonal regulation
* Glucose homeostasis - Pancreas
* Introduction to Diabetes
* Neuroendocrine regulation and pituitary
* Reproductive system
* Hormones of pregnancy, menopause and contraception
* Thyroid gland
* Adrenal gland.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA10314 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Pharmacology (Year 1)
  • USPA-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Pharmacology with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • USPA-AKM02 : MPharmacol(Hons) Pharmacology with Year long work placement (Year 1)