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Module code:PHAR1001 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:An Introduction to the Mechanisms of Drug Action
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Dr Guy Moss
Organiser's location:Dept. of Pharmacology
Available for students in Year(s):1
Module prerequisites:This course is designed for students enrolled in the Pharmacology, Physiology & Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences degree programmes. Any student who has entered one of these degree courses will normally have met the course requirements.  
Module outline:This course is designed for those who are new to the subject of Pharmacology and runs during term 1 only. The taught components of the course consist of 22 lectures, two practical sessions, two practical follow-up sessions and four tutorials. The course begins by discussing how drugs called ‘local anaesthetics’ can be used to block nerves. This is an important class of compounds that allow simple surgical procedures to be carried out without pain. The course then moves on to cover some other examples of drugs acting on excitable tissues, such as the muscle relaxant drugs that are often used as adjuncts to more complicated surgical procedures. During these lectures basic principles of drug action are established by considering what happens at the cellular and molecular level. These ideas are then extended into a simple theoretical framework that provides a foundation for establishing mechanisms of drug action (the Hill-Langmuir and Schild equations are the basis for this). The course then moves on to examine drugs for the treatment of diseases such as AIDS, malaria and bacterial infections. This is followed by an introduction to the pharmacology of the central nervous system. This part of the course provides a thumbnail sketch of CNS receptors and disorders as well as a consideration of drug addiction and the abuse of drugs. Finally the development of new drugs and personalised medicine are introduced. 
Module aims:Aims. • To provide you with an introductory overview of pharmacology and some of the most important mechanisms of drug action. • To illustrate these actions for you with specific examples of important drugs. • To provide you with a foundation in some of the basic theory for pharmacology. • To provide you with the some basic laboratory experience that illustrates the lecture material. • To familiarise you with some basic principles of laboratory practice and safety.  
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Module assessment:Unseen two-hour written examination 95.00%
In-course assessment 5.00% 
Taking this module as an option?:Preference may be given to those with A level chem 
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