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Undergraduate Course: Endocrine Physiology and Pharmacology (BIME10024)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryEndocrinology is the study of hormones and how they impact of target organs distinct and far from their site of origin. This course will cover physiology and pharmacology of adrenal and gonadal steroids hormones. We will discuss both the conventional and evolving actions elicited by these hormones and the nature of disease states where their action is aberrant, including cardiovascular disease (hypertension obesity), reproductive disorders, breast and prostate cancer, and ageing. Targets for therapeutic intervention (existing and future) will be evaluated. Teaching methods will include seminars, workshops, discussion and presentation of scientific papers, group literature exercises.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Pharmacology 3 (BIME09003) OR Physiology 3 (BIME09004) OR Clinical Biochemistry and Endocrinology 3 (MSBM09001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 35, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 14, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 137 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% written exam
Feedback This course is designed to be interactive, and so feedback, both from staff to you and vice versa, will take place at every teaching session.
Feedback to you will be available throughout the course in many forms:
- feedback from course staff and peers on your presentations (formative)
- mid-course formative feedback on your group assignment (formative)
- exam preparation session (summative)

In addition, there is a course review session at the end of the course where we welcome all your feedback on any aspect of the course to help us shape the course in the future.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Endocrine Physiology and Pharmacology2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the nature of steroid hormones and the general principles of nuclear hormone receptor action.
  2. Students will demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the physiological actions of steroid hormones and diseases where their actions are disturbed
  3. Students will demonstrate an integrated knowledge of pharmacological approaches to manipulate steroid hormone action
  4. Students will be able to critically assess scientific papers
  5. Students will be able to clearly summarise and discuss scientific experiments
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Ruth Andrew
Tel: (0131) 537 1887
Course secretaryMr Neale Summers
Tel: (0131 6)51 3094
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