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PA20347: Experimental pharmacology 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: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 60%, EX 40%
Assessment Detail:
  • Experimental Report (CW 40%)
  • Poster Presentation (CW 20%)
  • Examination (EX 40%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take PA20346
Learning Outcomes: After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:
* Demonstrate knowledge of the methods available to study drug effects on these systems.
* Analyse and present pharmacological data.

Aims: To introduce the student to the practical techniques used to study the autonomic nervous system, neurotransmission in smooth muscles and the cardiovascular system. To develop scientific communication skills.

Skills: Scientific and practical skills (T/F) Analysis of experimental data (T/F/A) Library study skills (T/F) , Working with others (T/F) Problem solving (T/F), Oral communication (F/A).

Content: Investigation of the effect of parasympathetic and sympathetic neurotransmission on isolated tissue preparations (e.g. cholinergic receptors, ganglion blocking drugs and muscarinic receptor antagonists). Perform analysis of experimental data. Presentation and communication skills.

Programme availability:

PA20347 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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