Module Identifier BS33820  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Paul Kenton  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Mustak A Kaderbhai, Dr Paul Kenton  
Pre-Requisite BS21920, BS23720  
Course delivery Lecture   30 x 1h lectures  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 3 hour theory paper (70%) Continuous Assessment (30%)100%
Supplementary Assessment 3 hour theory paper (70%) resubmission of failed or missing coursework or alternative (30%)100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:


By building on their previous knowledge of physiology and enzymology, the module aims to give the students a sound introduction to the subjects of pharmacology and toxicology enabling then to appreciate better the practical importance of all these topics in teh health industry. The group project will give opportunity to enhance research and presentation skills


There will be three assessed parts to the course.
The main part will be the lecture course. This will deal first with the action of theraputic drugs on various physiological systems in the human body and will maintain a close link between the physiology and the effects of the compound.
It will include drugs that itneract with cholinergic and noradrenergic control mechanisms, which impinge on so many physiological systems and this topic is chosen as a starting point because it is in this area that mechaninsm of drug action is probably best understood. Also a high proportion of drugs mentioned have theraputic potential and the system can be used as a model to predict or infer the mechanism of action of drugs in other less well understood areas.
Particular attention will also be given to cardiovascular pharmacology.
Besides drug action on the body, the module will deal with the way in which the body deals with drugs. The uptake, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs by the body will be described and the implications that the rates of these processes have on dosages will be highlighted. These aspects will be applied not only to drugs but also to the wider range of toxic compounds that might enter the body. Drug dependance will also be dealt with.
The topics of bacterial toxins and antifungal and anti bacterial drugs will be covered and a lecture will be devoted to the topic of drugs in sport.
A second assessment will be on a group research topic. The class will be split into groups for research on various topics of pharmacology and toxicology and these will be presented orally in lecture slots at the end of the course. The marks for these will be adjusted for individual effort on the basis of peer assessment. The group research topic will form the basis of an individual essay for each stduent and this will make up the third area of assessment for the module.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Foster, R.W (1986) Basic pharmacology 2nd. Butterworth.
Gard, P., (2000) Human pharmacology Taylor & Francis


This module is at CQFW Level 6