BSc Medical Physiology / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Drugs & the Brain
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Biological Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Drugs and the Brain outlines the important types of drugs, including anaesthetics, antipsychotics and antidepressants, which are used to influence activity in the brain. You will learn how these drugs act on neurotransmitters and the side effects that their actions can cause.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Drugs: From Molecules to Man||BIOL10822||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Clinical Drug Development||BIOL21302||Co-Requisite||Recommended|
- the range of mechanisms by which drugs can interfere with neurotransmission in the central nervous system (CNS)
- how neurotransmitter activities can be modified by drugs leading to the rational treatment of CNS disorders
- how an understanding of neurotransmitters and mechanisms of drug action can lead to more selective treatment of CNS disorders.
- detail important classes of drugs used in medicine and/or biological research to influence central neuronal activity, particularly in humans
- describe the mechanisms of action of these drugs in terms of their effects on major neurotransmitters
- describe mechanism-related drug side-effects
- Introduction to neuropharmacology
- The central synapse: neurotransmitter systems as targets for drug therapy
- Accessing the central synapse: the blood-brain barrier to drugs
- Pharmacology of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease
- Pharmacology of general anaesthetics
- Pharmacology of antipyretic-analgesic drugs
- Pharmacology of opioid analgesic drugs
- Pharmacology of antiepileptic drugs
- Pharmacology of anxiolytic drugs
- Pharmacology of CNS stimulants and psychotomimetics
- Pharmacology of antipsychotic drugs
- Pharmacology of antidepressant drugs
All lecture slides available for eLearning including self-completion exercises. Online assessment for formative feedback.
- Group/team working
- The material in the Blackboard discussion group has been healthy and interactive, with lots of student participation (ie not just asking questions, but helping one another)
- Oral communication
- Students may ask questions during/after the lecture.
- Written communication
- Through the use of Blackboard discussion board (see below)
Online: 2 MCQ exams, (2.5% each). 1.5 hour written examination comprising 10 compulsory short answer questions (95%).
Mid-sessional formative assessment / feedback. Post-exam guidance.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||1.3|
|Independent study hours|
|Kenneth Grieve||Unit coordinator|