Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Pharmacological Research

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will provide a sound understanding of the principles underlying pharmacological research methods and approaches. This study-unit will empower students with a theoretical and practical basis for pursuing pharmacological research using the tools required to engage in this research.

Study-unit aims:

This study-unit will:

- Provide a sound understanding of the principles underlying the various research methodologies in pharmacology;
- Explain the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods in pharmacology;
- Show when and how different types of models in pharmacological research are used in pharmacology;
- Discuss the applications of various methods used in pharmacological research;
- Apply statistical approaches in pharmacological research.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of this study-unit, the student will be able to:

- Apply quantitative and qualitative research methods in pharmacological research;
- Develop methods for pharmacology research design which is clinical-based or laboratory-based research;
- Understand how different types of models are used in pharmacological research: in vivo, in vitro models and insilico models: cell systems; whole organ systems; animal models; human models and computer models;
- Apply statistical approaches and software applications in pharmacology research.

2. Skills
By the end of this study unit, the student will be able to:

- Apply principles underlying pharmacological research methods and approaches;
- Understand how theoretical approaches in pharmacology research are used in the clinical setting;
- Explain how different research tools are used in pursuing different aspects of pharmacological research.

Main texts:


• Humphrey P. Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower R. Rang & Dale's Pharmacology. Churchill Livingstone. 6th Ed.
• Vogel, H.Gerhard; Maas, Jochen; Gebauer, Alexander (Eds.)Drug Discovery and Evaluation: Methods in Clinical Pharmacology 1st Edition., 2011
• Katsumi Kobayashi, K. Sadasivan Pillai, A Handbook of Applied Statistics in Pharmacology, 2012


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 40%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 60%


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