Core Module Information
Module title: Pharmacology and Pathobiology

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

Module code: BMS09111
Module leader: Sharron Vass
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

Examples of Equivalent Learning Level 8 (2nd year University level) Physiology, Biochemistry

Description of module content:

This module will build upon the concepts and understanding gained in your 1st and 2nd year physiology, genetics, and biochemistry modules, and will integrate with other 3rd year biomedical sciences modules, to develop a deeper understanding of disease mechanisms and how they may be treated.
The module includes an introduction to the general principles of pharmacology, and will focus on how therapeutic drugs are administered, absorbed, distributed, metabolised and excreted by the body. Targets for therapeutic drugs will be examined, including receptor theory and dose response relationships, and the importance of drug specificity.
Pathobiology is the study of how the disease arises in the first place, i.e. the disease mechanism. The pathobiology of any disease can normally be traced back to one of four main factors; genetic, environmental, pathogenic or life-style choices. Through examination of specific examples of disease you will develop a detailed knowledge of the principal causes of those diseases, and how they may be treated.
The practical elements of this module will include performing a cell-based toxicity assay, and developing a protocol to compare the effectiveness of over-the-counter medications.
You will be asked to produce a scientific website designed to give patients and health care practitioners information on the pathology of a particular disease and the molecular mechanisms of current treatment options.
Throughout the module, you will be expected to engage with primary research literature.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Illustrate the molecular aspects of how drugs act: receptor classification and drug-receptor interactions; dose-response relationships; differentiate between agonists and antagonists
LO2: Examine the relationship between absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs and xenobiotics.
LO3: Critically appraise current therapeutics used to treat and alleviate disease.
LO4: Utilise specialised information sources and evaluate primary literature and apply this knowledge using specific disease examples.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, 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: Sharron Vass
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 4
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 25
Online CL_TST 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 60 1,2, 3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 03.00
Project - Written 40 3 & 4 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

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