Core Module Information
Module title: Pharmacology and Pathobiology [Hong Kong]

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

Module code: BMS09608
Module leader: Sharron Vass
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

Equivalent of SCQF level 7/8 Physiology and Biochemistry

Description of module content:

This module will develop an 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.
There will also be a communication task, where you will be asked to produce a scientific poster 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
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sharron Vass
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module will be taught using a combination of interactive lectures, tutorials, and practical classes. Lectures will cover the essentials of the main topics and tutorials will facilitate discussion and a deeper understanding of particular mechanisms. Tutorial time will also be used to provide some guidance on poster design. An assessed element of this module will include the production of a scientific poster, which will contain information on disease pathology and the molecular mechanisms of current treatment options. This activity will incorporate an element of peer assessment. Moodle support will be available to provide a repository for lecture materials and learning resources.

Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment element of this module will be developing a protocol to test the efficacy of medications. You will be given a selection of reagents and equipment, then using the practical skills you have developed to date, working in pairs, you will determine the best method to compare and contrast two different types of medication. Oral formative feedback will be given on your protocol design and your practical technique. In preparing your poster, you will be provided with exemplars reflecting good and poor practice in poster presentations.

Summative Assessment:
There will be two elements of summative assessment for this module including; designing a scientific poster and a 2.5 hour formal exam. Towards the end of the module you will design and create a scientific poster based on a particular disease, it will focus on the mode of diagnosis and current therapeutic options. The disease will be chosen from a pre-determined list. This task specifically covers LOs 3 & 4.
The final exam will take place at the end of the module. This exam will cover elements from the lectures, tutorials and practical sessions and will incorporate LOs 1-4.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 9
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2.5
Independent Learning Guided independent study 173.5
Face To Face Lecture 9
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Poster 40 3 & 4 11
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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