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PA20346: Experimental pharmacology 1

[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: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 40%, EX 40%, OT 20%
Assessment Detail:
  • Summary Report (CW 20%)
  • Data Analysis (CW 20%)
  • Group Presentation (OT 20%)
  • Exam (EX 40% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: After taking this module you must take PA20347
Learning Outcomes: After successfully completing this unit, students will:
* Be familiar with, and demonstrate knowledge of, the techniques (cellular, tissue, systemic) used to study the pharmacology of a range of mediators and drugs.
* Be able to present experimental data in good scientific style.
* Develop their appreciation of the ethical framework for using animals in medical research.
* Have undertaken Home Office (HO) Module certification allowing a HO personal licence to be obtained.

Aims: To introduce and develop experimental skills required to execute and report pharmacological investigations using isolated cells to whole organisms.

Skills: Scientific and practical skills (T/F/A) Working with others (F) Problem solving (T/F) Oral presentation skills (F/A).

Content: Examination of the pharmacology of vascular and airway smooth muscle, the CNS and whole animal physiology; cell culture and microscopy, molecular and immuno techniques. Experimental design and analysis of data. Presentation of experimental methods and data. The unit also contains accredited Home Office Module training.

Programme availability:

PA20346 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)


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