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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 24/03/2022 08:26:21

Title of Module: Drugs and Human Interactions

Code: CHEM10018 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Ann-Sophie  Korb

Summary of Module

This module is suitable for Chemistry and Forensic Science students and covers topics in the areas of pharmacology and toxicology.

The principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics are covered with respect to drug targets, drug-target interactions, drug absorption, drug distribution, drug metabolism, drug excretion and drug delivery.

The application and importance of these principles is demonstrated through study of:

  • Sports doping and Performance and Image Enhancement Drug (PIED) use, including reference to drug facilitated crimes: effects and reactions, protocols for sample recovery, and analytical methods for detection
  • Oral fluid testing

This module will work to develop a number of the key 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes. Those who complete this module will develop professional attributes of being research minded, an effective communicator and inquiring. It will also develop the knowledge, skills and abilities related to high-level academic study in Forensic Science.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate an appreciation and integration of some of the concepts and language employed in pharmacology and toxicology to enable the comprehension of the role of these disciplines in a forensic setting.

L2. Demonstrate the ability to interpret, evaluate, and report drug testing appropriately.

L3. Develop ability to interpret and synthesise concepts and information in discussion of case studies.

L4. Interpretation of data from pharmacologically important substances.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

Gaining a detailed, integrated knowledge and understanding of pharmacology and toxicology

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Acquiring detailed knowledge and understanding in laboratory analysis and applying that knowledge to tackle defined pharmacological problems.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Undertaking a critical evaluation of the toxic properties and social use of selected modern drugs of abuse

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Presenting formal written accounts that clearly illustrate a critical understanding of pharmacology. Bringing information together from a variety of sources, including research literature, using information retrieval systems and appropriate IT skills to produce written reports

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Working effectively with others in group assignments. Identifying and addressing individual learning needs in the subject area associated with the module

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Organic Chemistry 2
Analytical Chemistry
Other:or other suitable Chemistry or Biochemistry background
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Rang, H.P et al. Pharmacology. 6th ed. Churchill Livingstone, 2007. ISBN: 0443 069115

W. J. Marshall, “Clinical Chemistry”, fourth edition, Mosby (2000). ISBN 0723431590

Moffat, A. C et al. Clarke's Analysis of Drugs and Poisons, 3rd or 4th edition (2004/2011) ISBN 978 0 85369 711 4

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardPhysical Sciences
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelPhysical Sciences
ModeratorDr Carrie Mullen
External ExaminerM Symes
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Examination (65%)
Coursework (35%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Unseen open bookcheck markcheck mark  652

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebookcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark150
Report of practical/ field/ clinical work check markcheck markcheck mark100
Presentationcheck markcheck markcheck mark 100
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student with appropriate chemistry background, however it should be noted that in order for you to complete this module the laboratory element of coursework will require to be undertaken, disability support can be provided where necessary, consequently, if disability support is needed to complete this part of the module, then the University’s Health and Safety Officer should be consulted to make sure that safety in the laboratory is not compromised.
Current University Policy on Equality and Diversity applies.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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