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PA10044: Introduction to experimental pharmacology

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Lab report (CW 35%)
  • Summary and data analysis (CW 30%)
  • Full report (CW 35%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: At the end of this unit students will be able to:
* Perform appropriate dilutions of drug solutions;
* Set up simple tissues for measurement of physiological responses;
* Carry out standard pharmacological assays;
* Analyse continuous and quantal data;
* Report data in scientific journal style.

Aims: To familiarise the student with the principles of measurement required in experimental pharmacology; to introduce the skills required for analysing and reporting scientific information in written reports.

Skills: Study skills, planning and organisation (T/F)
Working with others (T/F)
Practical skills (T/F/A)
Scientific report writing skills (T/F/A).

Content: The topics in this unit include basic techniques and recording equipment; molarities; dose-response curves using in vitro preparations; group work on preparing and giving short oral presentations on a scientific theme.

Programme availability:

PA10044 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)


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