PSC2332 - Diseased-focused pharmacology - Peripheral - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Sab Ventura

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit builds on the previous physiology and pharmacology units and aims to describe the pathophysiology of the important disorders listed below. This unit will provide a solid grounding of knowledge as to how biological systems are affected by these diseases and how drugs can be used to modify these changes and rebalance a person's physiology. Logical approaches to designing experiments using different biological research methods to identify new therapeutic targets for these disorders will also be explored.

This will involve the study of:

  • hypertension
  • benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • diabetes
  • erectile dysfunction
  • asthma
  • heart disease


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of the six diseases states under study;
  2. Describe the physiological mechanisms which have been affected by these disorders;
  3. Explain how affected physiological mechanisms can be manipulated by currently used drugs;
  4. Design an experiment using various biological research methods to identify targets which may be therapeutically useful in the treatment of the disorders to be studied;
  5. Analyse data obtained from research to see whether a new drug is considerably more effective than an established one;
  6. Explain the different pharmacological targets which can be exploited to rebalance a patient's physiology in the treatment of disease;
  7. Demonstrate the development of written and oral communication skills appropriate for 3rd year students - explain the pathophysiology for one disease state and one associated drug treatment, relating the drug target to the disease state.


The BPH assessment is worth 10% of the final assessment. Other tutorial/workshop/practical or assessment tasks associated with each disease state are worth 5 x 5% of the final assessment. In lecture clicker questions are worth 5%. 2 hour final exam 60%; Each disease state will comprise 20 min of the final exam.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty four x 1-hour lectures
  • Six x 3-hour tutorials, workshops or practicals

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