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Undergraduate Course: Pharmacology 3 (BIME09003)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Biomedical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course studies the mechanisms by which drugs act at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels. The relationships between these actions and the overall pharmacological effects and clinical uses of the drugs are explained.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Biomedical Sciences 2 (BIME08007)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed The Dynamic Cell 2 (BILG08009) AND Genes and Gene Action 2 (BILG08003)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students should provide a lab coat, notebook and marker pen.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 26, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Other Study Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 145 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) learning skills session
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 45 %, Coursework 55 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Two items of in-course assessment plus one 2 hour exam.
Feedback For the elements of ICA, you will be provided with written (annotation of the text) and verbal feedback on your practical reports from your tutors. This will be available at the point at which the write-ups are returned. You will also be provided with formative feedback your Drug Information Document as it develops over the tutorials. Feedback on the final piece of work will be provided electronically through Learn, including peer feedback and the opportunity for self-reflection. All ICA feedback will be provided in advance of the written examination. Feedback on your performance in solving the numerical problems will be given in the work sessions.

For the written examination, feedback is provided by the Course Co-ordinator on request. Feedback covers the impact of the ICA mark upon the final total mark, and an indication of performance across the four questions of the written examination, identifying in particular strongest and weakest areas of performance. Issues relating specifically to the marks are matters for the Board of Examiners and will not be discussed.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Pharmacology 31:45
Resit Exam Diet (August)Pharmacology 31:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understanding of how drugs produce their effects at the molecular, cellular and systems level
  2. Knowledge of the uses and side-effects of drugs
  3. Understanding of quantitative pharmacology including drug-receptor interactions and factors controlling the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs by the body
  4. The opportunity to develop practical skills in a pharmacological laboratory and to obtain accurate results which can be analysed and interpreted in a meaningful manner
  5. Training in written scientific communication, including reporting results, working with scientific literature and citing relevant findings
Reading List
Recommended -
Pharmacology (8th Edition) by H.P Rang, M.M. Dale, J.M. Ritter and R.J. Flower, published by Elsevier/Churchill Livingstone (ISBN 978-0-7020-3471-8). This is available through the library and also as an electronic resource when logged in through EASE.

Alternative -
Pharmacology Condensed by M.M. Dale and D.G. Haylett published by Churchill Livingstone (ISBN 0443070490)

Medical Pharmacology (2nd Edition) by Peter Winstanley and Tom Walley published by Churchill Livingstone (ISBN 0-443-070555).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Dawn Livingstone
Course secretaryMiss Elizabeth Martin
Tel: (0131 6)513011
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