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Module code:PHAR2003 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Experimental Pharmacology
Credit value:1
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Professor M Farrant
Organiser's location:Dept of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology
Available for students in Year(s):2
Module prerequisites:Students must also take PHAR2002 
Module outline:This is a largely practical course, which is only available to students taking Pharmacology PHAR2002 which aims to develop experimental skills. In addition to a wide range of in-vitro experiments and studies of drug action in humans, the course includes student presentations, sessions to develop computer skills and also visits to research laboratories. Complementary to, and only available to students taking, Pharmacology PHAR2002. 
Module aims:1. To provide an alternative environment for the learning of selected topics in basic and systematic pharmacology. 2. To develop laboratory skills. 3. To inculcate the principles of good experimental design. 4. To develop the students' ability to present their experimental data efficiently and with clarity, helped by the use of appropriate computer software. 5. To encourage the use of computers for the calculation of results, for statistical analysis and for curve-fitting. 6. To develop audiovisual communication skills through the presentation of a seminar.  
Module objectives:1. On completion of the course, students will be able to conduct simple experiments on in vitro preparations and present their findings in a written account, which includes details of the background of the experiment (Introduction), Methods, Results and Discussion. They will understand how tissue preparations can be selected to examine particular physiological systems (e.g. cardiac muscle to study ! adrenoceptors, depolarized smooth muscle to examine Ca2+ channels). They will have knowledge of the use of animals in medical research from the standpoint of animal welfare and ethics. Specific skills will include: 2. The setting-up of particular tissue preparations (e.g. guinea-pig ileum, vas deferens, rat uterus) and the use of transducers and chart recorders to measure tension or length changes in smooth muscle preparations. 3. Knowledge of the experimental conditions (physiological solutions, temperature etc.) required to maintain tissues in vitro and of the requirements to achieve stimulation of nerves using pulse generators. 4. An ability to perform dilutions of stock drug solutions and calculate appropriate volumes to add to organ baths to achieve the desired final concentrations. 5. An understanding of the use of experimental protocols – cycle times, contact times etc. – to ensure reproducible results. 6. An ability to quantify results and present them clearly in graphical form. 7. An idea of the requirements for the oral presentation of a topic as a seminar. Selection of important material, provision of clear OHP material, voice projection etc.  
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Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Presentation and write-up 5.00%
In course test 5.00%
14 practical reports 90.00% 
Notes:No more than 40 students can be enrolled on this 1.0cu module due to the space and resource constraints of the exclusively practical content. This is core module for 2nd year BSc/ MSci Pharmacology students. For the remaining places, priority will be given to Stream 4 Biomedical Sciences students. Other considerations that will be taken into account include first year marks. The 0.5cu PHAR2006 - Practical Pharmacology sister module (a smaller subset of practicals and without the "Unknown Drug Practical") will not be capped. 
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Last updated:2017-08-03 11:43:39 by ucklmfi