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Information for module PHAR2006

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Module code:PHAR2006 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Practical Pharmacology
Credit value:.5
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:Available to students who are taking PHAR2002 concurrently 
Module outline:A selection of practicals and follow-up sessions designed for students taking Pharmacology PHAR2002 It provides reinforcement of the material in those courses and also aims to develop practical skills. 
Module aims:1. To reinforce the knowledge of pharmacological mechanisms gained in the lecture course. 2. To show how the action of drugs can be investigated in in vitro animal preparations and in human studies. 3. To develop laboratory skills. 4. To improve the students' ability to analyse and present their experimental data.  
Module objectives: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 have knowledge of the use of animals in medical research from the standpoint of animal welfare and ethics.  
Key skills provided by module:The setting-up of particular tissue preparations (e.g. guinea-pig ileum, vas deferens) and the use of transducers and chart recorders to measure tension or length changes in smooth muscle preparations 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. An ability to perform dilutions of stock drug solutions and calculate appropriate volumes to add to organ baths to achieve the desired final concentrations. An understanding of the use of experimental protocols – cycle times, contact times etc. – to ensure reproducible results. An ability to quantify results and present them clearly in graphical form. Parameter estimation using non-linear least squares fitting of data will be emphasized.  
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:7 practical reports 90.00%
In course test 10.00% 
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Last updated:2017-08-03 11:45:09 by ucklmfi