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BIOL6026 - Introduction to Pharmacology

Title:Introduction to Pharmacology
Long Title:Introduction to Pharmacology
Module Code:BIOL6026
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Next Review Date: December 2021
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Author: Karen Finn
Module Description: This module introduces the fundamental principles of pharmacology, with emphasis on key concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Outline the key stages in the drug development process.
LO2 Describe the main targets for drug action and the basic mechanisms of drug-receptor interactions.
LO3 Construct and interpret dose-response curves for agonists and antagonists.
LO4 Explain the processes of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion in living systems.
LO5 Perform experimental procedures in basic pharmacology, collate data, interpret results and write scientific reports.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Pharmacology
An overview of the key historical developments in the field of pharmacology. Drug nomenclature and classification. Brief outline of the drug development process (drug discovery, pre-clinical and clinical development).
Overview of the main biological targets for drug action. An introduction to receptor pharmacology and drug-receptor interactions. Receptor agonists and antagonists. Drug specificity and side effects. Drug-receptor binding and dose-response curves.
Movement of drug molecules across biological membranes. Binding of drugs to plasma proteins. Routes of drug administration. The basic principles of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion.
Practical skills
Calculate concentrations, molarities and volumes required in making solutions and standards. Generate pharmacological data and analyse and interpret results. Estimation of precision and accuracy of experimental results.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Data handling exercise 2,3 25.0 Week 7
Short Answer Questions Theory-based assessment of lecture material 1,2,4 45.0 Week 13
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory reports and data analysis 5 30.0 Every Second Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class-based instruction 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical laboratory instruction 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Study of lecture notes, report preparation and data handling exercises 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Rang H.P., Ritter, J.M., Flower, R.J. & Henderson, G. 2015, Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology, 8th Ed., Churchill Livingstone [ISBN: 9780702053627]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Golan, D.E., Tashjian, A.H., Armstrong, E.J. & Armstrong, A.W. 2011, Principles of Pharmacology: The Pathophysiologic Basis of Drug Therapy, 3rd Ed., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins [ISBN: 9781451118056]
  • Whalen, K. 2014, Lippincott’s Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology, 6th Ed., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins [ISBN: 9781451191776]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SPHBI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3 Mandatory
CR_SBIBI_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology 3 Mandatory
CR_SFSTE_7 Bachelor of Science in Food and Health Science 3 Mandatory
CR_SCEBS_8 Common Entry Biological Sciences 3 Mandatory
CR_SBIOS_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biosciences 3 Mandatory

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