In semester 1, this module considers the structure and function of the nervous system and synaptic communication in general and then goes on to cover in greater detail the structure and function of the sensory, autonomic and enteric nervous systems. In semester 2, the module familiarises students with the principles of pharmacology as a quantitative science and demonstrates the importance of synapses as drug targets. Coverage of the basic principles is supported by a systems-based consideration of some of the potential mechanisms for the pharmacological manipulation of the peripheral and central nervous systems, the gastrointestinal tract, inflammatory processes, infection and cancer.
The module is assessed by a combination of a written examination and course work.
- Examination (75%)
- Course work (25%)