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PA10314: Fundamentals of pharmacology: the healthy body 2

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • EXAMINATION (EX 100% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: While taking this module you must take PA10311 AND take PA10312 AND take PA10313
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

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.

Skills: 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.

Programme 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)


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