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Undergraduate Course: Chemical Pharmacology 2 (BIME08002)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course is intended to provide an understanding of how drugs produce their effects, with some emphasis on the relationship between chemical structure and biological activity at selected sites in the body. No prior knowledge of biology is assumed. This course does not admit to Biology 3 or Pharmacology 4.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Chemistry 1A (CHEM08016) AND Chemistry 1B (CHEM08017)) OR Introduction to the Chemistry of Biology 1 (SCBI07001) OR ( Biological Chemistry (Foundations) 1 (SCBI08001) AND Biological Chemistry 1 (SCBI08002))
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking
Other requirements This course is not available to students on the following degree programmes
S0301 BSc Biological Sciences
S0302 BSc Biological Sciences with Management
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 34, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 345 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 3000-word essay 10% plus class examination 20% plus practical reports 10% = 40%, degree examination = 60%.
Feedback Specific Feedback will be delivered on the following.

1. Laboratory Reports: Report 1 is a formative assessment and so will not contribute to your overall mark for the Course. You will be provided (electronically) with Feedback in sufficient time for you to reflect and re-evaluate your approach to the next report. Experiments 2 and 3 are carried out in parallel by the two class groups and thus the reports will be treated as a pair. Feedback from at least one of the pair will be returned in time for final preparation of Report 4.

2. December Class Examination : The will be a Feedback session early in Semester 2 at which Feedback will be provided in two formats: (a) return of marked and annotated examination booklets (b) review of the solutions/answers.

3. Course Essay: you will be provided with written Feedback on your Course Essay together with with general guidance on strengths and weaknesses.

4. Degree Examination Essays: Feedback will be provided by the Course Organiser on request.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Chemical Pharmacology 22:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Chemical Pharmacology 23:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Chemical Pharmacology 23:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To provide an understanding of how drugs produce their effects at the systems, cellular and molecular levels; knowledge of the uses and side-effects of drugs; an understanding of the factors controlling the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs by the body.
  2. To provide an opportunity to develop practical skills in a pharmacological laboratory, in relation to the safe handling of drugs and of animal tissue in vitro, and to obtain accurate results which can be analysed and interpreted in a meaningful manner.
  3. To provide, through tutorials, laboratory practical write-ups and written assignments, a training in oral and written scientific communication, including an appreciation of how to perform a search of the scientific literature and to cite relevant findings.
  4. To develop the ┐self-learning┐ process through a series of problem-solving, interactive sessions.
  5. To provide opportunities to maintain and to develop further skills in personal organisation and group activities.
Reading List
The recommended textbook is Rang and Dale's Pharmacology (7th Edition) by H.P. Rang, M.M. Dale, J.M. Ritter, R.J. Flower & G. Henderson, published by Elsevier-Churchill Livingston (2012).

Alternative textbooks worth considering are:

Pharmacology Condensed (2nd Edition) by M.M. Dale & D.G Haylett, published by Churchill Livingston (2009). Short chapters and useful for getting started on a subject or for revision before going on to the main textbook.

Elsevier┐s Integrated Review Pharmacology (2nd.Edition) by M. Kester, K.D. Karpa & K.E. Vrana, published by Saunders-Elsevier (2012). Well illustrated short chapters. Again, good for getting started and for revision.

Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (4th Edition) by D.G. Waller & A.P. Sampson, published by Saunders-Elsevier (2013). Good all round, good on therapeutics.

Brody's Human Pharmacology - Molecular to Clinical (5th Edition) by L. Wecker, L.M. Crespo, G. Dunaway, C. Faingold and S. Watts, published by Mosby-Elsevier (2010). Good all round.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information As arranged (lectures, practicals and tutorials).
Course organiserDr Hj Olverman
Tel: (0131 6)50 3523
Course secretaryMr Neale Summers
Tel: (0131 6)51 3094
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