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BIOL2048 Principles of Pharmacology

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Outline key principles pharmacogenomics to explain how the genome impacts the way in which drugs interact with biological systems
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Extract primary data for description and discussion in the style of a scientific publication. Utilising observations made by drugs with distinct modes of action.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic mechanism of drug receptor interactions and the quantitative analysis of these interactions. This will include applying the law of mass action and drug receptor interactions and its use to obtain quantitative estimates of agonist and antagonists binding
  • Explain how drugs enter the body/tissues and some of the mechanisms responsible for their subsequent removal.
  • Describe the mechanisms of action of drugs with distinct mode of actions that modify autonomic nervous system.
  • Give examples of drugs that act on the neuromuscular junction and describe their mode of action.
  • Describe the ways in which selective drugs interact with the distinct classes of receptors mediating the action of the neurotransmitters histamine and 5-hydroxytryptamine


Pharmcodynamics Pharmacokinetics Receptor structure function Pharmacology interactions in key body systems.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, lab based practicals, class and paper based calculations and scientific report writing.

Independent Study60
Practical classes and workshops20
Completion of assessment task15
Total study time150



Class practicals


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 75%
Scientific report  () 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment 100%

Linked modules

BIOL1007 OR BIOL1008 OR BIOL1010 OR BIOL1011 OR BIOL1012 OR BIOL1013 OR BIOL1014 OR BIOL1022 OR CHEM1039 OR CHEM1041 OR CHEM1043 OR CHEM1044 OR CHEM1045 OR CHEM1031 OR CHEM1033 OR CHEM1035 OR CHEM1032 OR CHEM1034 OR CHEM1036

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