Module title: Pharmacology & Pathophysiology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS09101
Module leader: Sharron Vass
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science

BMS08100 Biology of Disease

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Claire Garden
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
A combination of recorded lectures, interactive workshops, tutorials, problem solving and data analysis exercises (LOs 1-4) will be used to provide background information and to develop scientific and employability skills. Practical classes, aligned with the relevant lectures and tutorials, will reinforce the material covered (LOs 1 -3). Questioning is encouraged during face-to-face teaching , on-line using Moodle discussion forums, and in laboratory classes.

Formative Assessment:
There will be an opportunity to gain individual face-to-face feedback on the coursework prior to the exam. Online tests will be used to formatively assess understanding of the content of the module (LOs1-4).

Summative Assessment:
The continuous assessment comprises a summative dose-response curve data handling exercise with extending questions (LOs 1, 3 and 4), which will be based upon the preparatory lectures and tutorials on the topic. Students will gain experience in the important pharmacology skill of plotting and interpreting dose-response curves. Finally, a formal examination is used to test the knowledge, understanding, and skills attained (LOs 1-4).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 26
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 9
Independent Learning Guided independent study 148
Online Lecture 14
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Report 40 1, 3, 4 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1200
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Introduction to pharmacology. Receptor theory. Dose-response relationships. Introduction to toxicology. Pathogenesis and pharmacological treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Illustrate the molecular aspects of how drugs act: receptor classification and drug-receptor interactions; dose-response relationships and drug antagonism.
LO2: Examine the relationship between absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs and xenobiotics.
LO3: Explore the heart and gastrointestinal tract as major target organs for xenobiotics, and illustrate some of the associated therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs in each.
LO4: Provide a rationale for the physiological and biochemical processes which underlie the treatment of disease.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS09101 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology