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Unit information: Pharmacology in 2019/20

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Unit name Pharmacology
Unit code PHPHM0007
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Steve Fitzjohn
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


The Unit consists of 20 lectures that cover a variety of topics within the general area of pharmacology. Emphasis will be given to a number of key areas of modern pharmacology, including the electrophysiology of neurones, with particular reference to the biophysical and molecular basis of membrane function, ion transport, channels and receptors. Students will be exposed to cellular and molecular techniques employed in pharmacology research through lectures that integrate the application of these technologies with recent findings.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the Unit the students should be able to describe a variety of relevant experimental techniques and their applications in the general areas of pharmacology. The students should also be able to demonstrate understanding of a variety of related specialist topics.

Teaching details


Assessment Details

A 150 minute examination with MCQ-based short answer questions marked electronically combined with essay questions.

Reading and References

Selected recent research papers.