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BS261 - Pharmacology

  • Module code: BS261
  • Module name: Pharmacology
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This physiologically orientated module is intended to provide an overview of the basic principles of pharmacology as well as the mechanism of action of the major classes of drugs used in clinical practice. The module will concentrate on the use of therapeutics in a range of diseases and will bridge the gap between basic cell signalling, biochemistry and the complex patho-physiology and treatment of the diseases. The module builds on First Year Physiology lectures and will be useful in biomedical modules such as Blood and Circulation, Neurobiology, Integrative Neuroscience, and Modern Approaches to Human Disease.

Principal learning outcomes

The objectives of this module are to introduce the basic principles of pharmacology. In addition to gaining knowledge of drug dynamics and metabolism, receptor theory and modern approaches to the study of receptors, students will develop an appreciation for targets for the pharmacological action of drugs based upon an understanding of normal physiology and the patho-physiology process of disease. By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to outline the mechanism of action of drugs used in the treatment of highlighted and common diseases.

Timetabled teaching activities

Term 1, Weeks 6-10

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/lifesci/intranet/teach/2ndyr/lectures/bs261_pharmacology/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: BS261-12)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Microbiology and Virology (C520) - Year 2
Optional
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (C100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Biological Sciences (MBio) (C1A1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science (MBio) (C1A3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Medical Microbiology and Virology (MBio) (C1A4) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Science (C1B9) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Medical Microbiology and Virology (C526) - Year 2