PHAR30050 Experimental and therapeutic strategies in molecular pharmacology

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module forms part of the core curriculum for the B.Sc. degree in Pharmacology. This module presents modern experimental and therapeutic strategies in cellular and molecular pharmacology. Areas covered include:
(a) Fundamentals of cellular function, gene transcription and protein translation,
(b) Transcriptomics, proteomics and personalised medicine,
(c) Key features of biologic (protein-based) drugs,
(d) Stem cell-based regenerative therapies, and
(e) Gene Therapy.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Describe the animal, cell and molecular biology experimental techniques that underpin pharmacological research and personalised medicine.
2. Review the different types of biologic (protein-based) drugs and their uses.
3. Discuss the principles underpinning (stem) cell-based therapies and tissue engineering.
4. Review the range of approaches to gene therapy.

Indicative Module Content:

This module forms part of the core curriculum for the B.Sc. degree in Pharmacology. This module presents modern experimental and therapeutic strategies in cellular and molecular pharmacology. Areas covered include:
(a) Fundamentals of cellular function, gene transcription and protein translation,
(b) Transcriptomics, proteomics and personalised medicine,
(c) Key features of biologic (protein-based) drugs,
(d) Stem cell-based regenerative therapies, and
(e) Gene Therapy.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning

78

Lectures

20

Practical

12

Total

110

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; Laboratory practicals 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Practical Examination: Written report and Practical-related MCQ to be taken following each practical session Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No

30

Examination: 2 hour written examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No

70


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will receive individual feedback on each of the practical reports submitted as continuous assessment.

Name Role
Assoc Professor John Crean Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Breandán Kennedy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Sarah McLoughlin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor David O'Connell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Roisin O'Connor Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Emmanuel Reynaud Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 32 Mon 16:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 22 Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Practical Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Mon 10:00 - 12:50
Practical Offering 2 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Thurs 10:00 - 12:50
Spring