Short Title:Pharmacology
Full Title:Pharmacology
Module Code:PHAR H4001
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Biology and biochemistry
Module Delivered in 7 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Author:DENISE EGAN
Module Description:This module seeks to introduce and develop a new subject area, pharmacology. It is intended to provide a thorough understanding of the fate of pharmacological agents in a mammalian system by providing a detailed insight into selected topics including phases of drug deposition, drug development, drug action, along with pharmacokinetics. The relevance of this topic will be developed in relation to drug metabolism and elimination. The area of measurement in pharmacology will be discussed in light of the range of new and emerging analytical techniques and thus, provide the ideal interface between these two related areas.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the process of drug absorption and distribution.
LO2 Discuss drug metabolism and be capable of predicting likely metabolites.
LO3 Describe the most likely route(s) of drug elimination.
LO4 Describe drug action, pharmacokinetics and its effect on dosing schedules.
LO5 Describe standard and novel methods of drug delivery systems and their relation to bioavailability and pharmacokinetics.
LO6 Compare and contrast bioassays, along with being able to select suitable analytical method(s) in defined instances.
LO7 Describe the process of drug development through its various in vitro and in vivo stages, along with phased clinical trials.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment On-line activities, in class exam and class assignments will form the continuous assessment element of this module, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 30.00 Ongoing
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 70.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture Material 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Self direct learning, engagement in on-line activities and assessments. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • 2015, Rang and Dale, 8 Ed., Elsevier Churchill Livingstone
  • D. Golan, A. Tashjian, E. Armstrong, A. Armstrong. 2011, Principles of Pharmacology: The Pathophysiologic Basis of Drug Therapy, 3rd Ed., Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins
Recommended Book Resources
  • Hugh McGavock 2010, How Drugs work: Basic Pharmacology for Healthcare Professionals, 3rd Ed.
  • 2009, Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 11th Ed., Lang Basic
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Selected relevant articles, TIPS, Drug Delivery Letters, Cancer Letters, European Jorunal of Pharmacology, British Journal of Pharmacology, Toxicology Letters, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, Pharmacological Therapeutics etc
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SABIO_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Bioanalytical Science 6 Mandatory
TA_SPHAR_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science 6 Group Elective 2
TA_SADNF_B Bachelor of Science Hons in DNA and Forensic Analysis 6 Mandatory
TA_SBIOL_D Bachelor of Science in Bio Analysis (1 year add-on Bachelor Degree) 6 Mandatory
TA_SASCI_D Bachelor of Science in Bioanalysis or Chemical Analysis 6 Group Elective 1
TA_SADNF_D Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Analysis 6 Mandatory
TA_SAPHR_D Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science 6 Group Elective 2