Core Module Information
Module title: Applied Toxicology (Hong Kong)

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

Module code: BMS10601
Module leader: Peter Barlow
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

Introduction to human toxicology. Toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics. Organ-specific toxicity and pathophysiology. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of xenobiotic toxicity. Toxicogenomics. Hazard and risk assessment. Detailed descriptions of specific toxicant examples, such as alcohol, metals, air pollutants, and endocrine disruptors. In utero exposure and prenatal programming. In vitro and in vivo models of toxicity.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Conceptualise the relationship between absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of major drugs and xenobiotics.
LO2: Evaluate the importance and role of dose-response relationships in toxicology.
LO3: Critically appraise the available models for toxicity assessment and the applicability and limitations of each
LO4: Discriminate the major target organs for xenobiotics and illustrate some of the associated effects in liver, lungs, skin, reproductive system, and nervous system.
LO5: Critically assess the effects of in utero exposure to environmental stimuli in relation to prenatal programming.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Peter Barlow
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Introductory Lectures and tutorial sessions together with study material provided by Moodle will cover LOs 1 – 5. This will be supported by face-to-face lectures and tutorials delivered by local tutors, during which students work in small groups to undertake exercises to develop skills in critical and independent thinking. The assessment strategy is outlined in weeks 1/2 both in a written and verbal format in order to allow students the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Material provided on Moodle and in class will direct the students to a series of tasks or activities that require the students to develop and assimilate the information provided and develop their skills of critical analysis, data analysis, hypothesis generation and study design. Feedback is provided to individual students and to the group as a whole on completion of the task. These skills are subsequently assessed along with scientific understanding in the exam. Discussion will be encouraged during face-to-face teaching in both lectures and tutorials, and on-line using the discussion boards.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs on a weekly basis by provision of tasks to complete during class and/or via Moodle.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will occur in weeks 5 and 14.The assessment in week 5 will focus on the first two learning outcomes and will assess grounding in the topic. Students will be given feedback on this assessment which they will be expected to use in preparation for the final exam. The final exam will take the form of interpretation and critical analysis of published data and literature. For this, students are provided with a copy of the research publication in week 11 in order to allow accessibility. Answers must not only illustrate understanding of the subject matter, but also ability to think and research outside of the lecture content by providing evidence of independent research and reading, as well as critical analysis..

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 9
Face To Face Tutorial 9
Online Guided independent study 60
Independent Learning Guided independent study 119.5
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2.5
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 30 1 & 3 5 HOURS= 02.00, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 70 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 02.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

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