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BIOL3025 Neuropharmacology of CNS Disorders

Module Overview

The module provides an introduction to functional brain anatomy and important neurotransmitter signalling pathways. This is used as a framework on which to describe the symptoms and treatment of brain disorders with a particular focus on a subset of psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia. The possible underlying causes of these disorders, and advances in therapy, are discussed in the light of the most recent research in these topics.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Provide an overview of neurotransmitter systems in the brain and their putative functional roles
  • Use examples of psychotomimetic and psychotropic drugs to discuss the biochemical basis of mood and behaviour
  • Describe the various techniques used to investigate CNS disorders and to assess their limitations
  • Assess the hypotheses put forward to explain the neurochemical and neurophysiological bases for the following: schizophrenia, affective disorders, drug addiction and autism spectrum disorders.
  • Describe the treatments used in these disorders, their efficacy and side-effects
  • Highlight recent advances in drug therapy that have arisen from a better understanding of the pharmacology of the brain.

Syllabus

The module provides an introduction to functional brain anatomy and important neurotransmitter signalling pathways. This is used as a framework on which to describe the symptoms and treatment of brain disorders with a particular focus on a subset of psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia. The possible underlying causes of these disorders, and advances in therapy, are discussed in the light of the most recent research in these topics.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The course is delivered through a series of lectures supported by recommended reading. A workshop on essay skills using a past examination questions provides support for preparation for the written examination. Feedback is provided via a series of set work in the form of short answer questions.

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Lecture24
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice Test 50%
Written exam  (2 hours) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice Test 50%
Written exam  (2 hours) 50%

Linked modules

BIOL2016 OR BIOL2017

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