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Module code:PHAR2001 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Drugs and the Mind
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof A H Dickenson
Organiser's location:Room G38, Medical Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):2
Module prerequisites:Completion of first-year courses related to Biology. No prior knowledge of chemistry, pharmacology, etc is needed. All students are non-pharmacology. The bulk of the students on the course are from Human Sciences and Psychology but a significant number of Biology and Genetics students take the course. The course is designed for students with a basic knowledge of biology by their second year. 
Module outline:Drugs which affect the central nervous system can be used for therapeutic benefit, eg antidepressants, analgesics, tranquillisers, or to modify normal behaviour eg. amphetamine, cannabis, alcohol etc. In this course you will be told not only about what drugs do but how they are thought to do it.  
Module aims:The course is a second year half unit course on the pharmacology of the central nervous system (CNS) and the effects and actions of drugs used for medical and non-medical reasons. The course provides a basic knowledge on the roles, effects and actions of transmitter function in the CNS, the symptoms and characteristics of diseases and disorders of the brain, the pharmacological treatment of these problems and the use and effects of recreational drugs.  
Module objectives:On completion of the course you will have: 1. A good knowledge of the pharmacology of the CNS and drug effects thereon. Importantly, you will be provided with information on the pharmacological and social aspects of recreational drugs and so will be in a position to make informed choices on drug use. 2. Practical experience of the ways in which drug effects can be evaluated in humans and the problems involved. 3. The ability to acquire, handle and analyse data (practical) and assess information (lectures). To integrate the pharmacology of drug effects with the consequences. 4. The format of the examination is such that the questions are a balance between those requiring factual answers and open questions where the individual point of view is recognized. The ability to analyse information and present an argument is therefore important. 5. The practical sessions are done in groups so allowing for intra-group commmunication. Two sessions in the course are set aside for group discussion on the effects of drugs. 6. The course ranges from transmitter actions to the treatment of disease and the street use of drugs. Thus elements of physiology, psychology and medical sciences are integral to the course. 
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Module timetable: 
Module assessment:In course assessments (lab reports) 30.00%
Unseen three-hour written examination 70.00% 
Notes:Follow-on courses for the 3rd year are Phar 3001/3002 (C3/C13) Neuropharmacology, Anat3042 (C42) Pain and other neuroscience related courses. 
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