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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2223 Neuropharmacology

10 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Clare Tweedy
Email: C.Tweedy@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Satisfactory completion of level 1 of a BMS programme, or equivalent

Pre-requisites

BMSC2118Neurobiology
BMSC2123Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
BMSC2124Neurotransmitters and Disease

Module replaces

BMSC2206

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module teaches students about drugs that affect the central nervous system and are used to treat brain disorders and diseases.

Objectives

The module aims to inform students about how drugs affect cellular function in the nervous system, and the neural mechanisms through which they influence behaviour. This will include the study of how drugs affect human behaviour (neuropsychopharmacology), and the study of neurones and their neurochemical interactions, and drugs that have beneficial effects on neurological function (molecular neuropharmacology).

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
• Describe the use, adverse effects, and interactions of drugs that affect cellular function in the nervous system.
• Compare and contrast the mechanism of action of drugs targeting the nervous system.
• Predict how drugs targeting neural mechanisms may influence behaviour.

Skills outcomes
The opportunity to develop transferable skills in scientific writing, literature searching, and data interpretation.


Syllabus

This module covers the pharmacological treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the central nervous system. The syllabus covers the major mental disorders of depression, anxiety and psychosis, functional disorders of epilepsy, sleep disturbance and migraine. Also covered are centrally acting agents that give rise to anaesthesia and analgesia, drugs used in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders, recreational drug use and the investigation of peptide receptors as drug targets.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture171.0017.00
Tutorial41.004.00
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study
- Reading for lecture (2 x 17) 34 hours
- Preparation and production of essay 6 hours
- Exam Preparation 39 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have the opportunity to write a practice abstract during a training tutorial and receive general feedback as a group.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment250 word abstract on a scientific paper (available on Minerva)20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Failure to submit this work or make a serious attempt will be recorded with a V code appended.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 11/07/2022

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