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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC3101 Inherited Disorders

10 creditsClass Size: 77

Module manager: Dr Alasdair Pickles

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24


BMSC1212Introduction to Pharmacology

This module is not approved as a discovery module


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand current knowledge about inherited disorders of selected receptors, enzymes and channels that are covered in this module;
- understand the general principles involved in the study of inherited disorders;
- be able to use the web-based OMIM database of inherited disorders, together with selected papers from the scientific literature;
- be able to to summarize the available data on selected inherited disorders;
- be able to present summarized data in oral communications and in written summaries.


The syllabus will comprise a general introduction to the study of inherited disorders and the general principles involved in the study of inherited disorders. Inherited disorders of the following receptors, enzymes and channels will be covered in detail:

insulin receptor, vasopressin V2 receptor, thyroid stimulating hormone receptor, factor V, cystathione betasynthase, parkin, CFTR chloride channel, alpha1S calcium channel, EnaC sodium channel, lipoprotein lipase.

Web-based resources will be used for these studies, and each student will present an oral presentation or a written report.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students should note that the following information is for guidance only. The actual time required for the various elements will vary between students.
- 25 hours of self-study per advanced topic (125 hours)
- 45 hours: examination and preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Student attendance at lectures and/or practicals will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.
- Completion of coursework and exam.
- Engagement with VLE resources.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentOral presentations65.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)65.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 00 mins35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)35.00

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: 13/11/2023 11:17:00


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