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Psychopharmacology of Drug Action and Addiction (Module)

Module description

A compulsory fundamental module which module will explore the psychopharmacological and biological mechanisms underpinning drug action, dependence and pharmacotherapeutic treatment approaches.

The aims of the module are to develop an understanding of:
  • Psychopharmacological and biological mechanisms underpinning drug action (pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic) and dependence
  • The structure and function of the nervous system, including chemical signalling by neurotransmitters and hormones
  • The rationale, process and utility of illicit drug testing and therapeutic drug monitoring
  • The mechanisms of drug interactions and their importance within addiction treatment
  • The clinical and medicinal use of drugs relevant to addictions (e.g. psychopathology/co-morbidity)
  • Self-medication and over the counter medicines interactions

Staff information

Professor John Marsden

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

  • 1 x SAQ Exam (60%)
  • 1 x MCQ Exam (40%)

Key information

Module code 7PCAAPSY

Credit level 7

Assessment written examination/s

Credit value 15

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No