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Information for module PHARM008

This module is available for 2017/18

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Module code:PHARM008 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Psychopharmacology (Masters Level)
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Dr S. C. Stanford
Organiser's location: Dept. of Pharmacology
Available for students in Year(s):
Module prerequisites:PHAR2002 General and Systematic Pharmacology; PHAR3001 / 3002; some ANAT courses (contact SC Stanford for confirmation)  
Module outline:This course outlines what is known about the actions of drugs that affect mood and behaviour. Key themes include the neurobiological basis of specific psychiatric disorders and their drug treatment and drugs of abuse. The lectures concentrate on the effects on behaviour of specific classes of drugs. All these topics will build on knowledge acquired in the second year (PHAR2001) and the third year (PHAR3001/3002) courses. There will also be small-group tutorials and a film demonstration of how drugs can affect behaviour of rodents and humans. All these sessions will aim to develop students’ ability to appraise scientific literature and to provide the background material for the written assessment.  
Module aims:• To understand current ideas on how neuronal systems in the brain influence mood and behaviour • Validation of animal models for psychiatric disorders • To understand current strategies for the discovery and development of novel drug treatments for psychiatric disorders • To consider ethical questions arising from preclinical experiments in psychopharmacology  
Module objectives:• To appraise evidence for the neurobiological basis of common psychiatric disorders • To describe what is known about the mechanisms of action of drugs that affect mood and behaviour • To appraise evidence for promising targets for novel psychotropic drugs • To discuss ethical problems arising specifically from experiments using drugs that modify mood and behaviour • To be aware of potential problems and pitfalls in experimental psychopharmacology  
Key skills provided by module:Accessing and appraisal of scientific literature (primary sources) Note-taking Evaluation of behaviour Data interpretation  
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Exercise on data interpretation 15.00%
Unseen three-hour written examination 85.00% 
Notes:This module is currently only available at advanced level as PHAR3008 and not as PHARM008. 
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Last updated:2017-08-30 10:54:01 by ucgbjpf