MedCompact 2023

Basics of medical science and pharmacology

Module code


Abbreviated title



Lectures, practical


Semesters 1+2

(Human biology = semester 1; Pharmacology = semester 2)



E. Hütten

B. Kurz (Human Biology)

Pharmacology Department (Pharmacology)


V. Wätzig, T. Herdegen, I. Cascorbi and colleagues (Pharmacology)

B. Kurz (Human Biology)

Contact hours

Lecture Human Biology 3 CH           Practical Human Biology 1 CH

Lecture Pharmacology 3 CH




Total: 180 h

Lecture and integrated practical Human Biology (semester 1): 90 h
Attendance time 49 h, preparation 20 h, revision 21 h
Lecture Pharmacology (semester 2): 90 h
Attendance time 38 h, preparation 20 h, revision 32 h

Credit points

6 (Human Biology lecture with practical 3 CP, Pharmacology lecture 3 CP)



Expected outcome

Knowledge: Students

- have gained a sound foundation in human biology with particular emphasis on cytological and anatomical knowledge of organ groups and their function
- have acquired enough pharmacological knowledge to understand medical research questions

- are familiar with basic terminology in pharmacology

- know the fundamental principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics

-are familiar with the major classes of pharmaceutically active agents and the biochemical mechanisms they exploit.

Skills: Students

- understand the anatomical and physiological connections between different organ groups in the human body; they can point out their location in the human body and describe their functions

- are able to classify pharmacological mechanisms on a molecular level for major disease indications.

Competences: Students

- are able to put the acquired knowledge into medical contexts on a molecular level
- can relate it to other areas of knowledge (e.g. pathology)

- can transfer the acquired pharmacology knowledge to new scientific questions when designing lab experiments in medical research

- are able to combine pharmacological knowledge and information on clinical manifestations of diseases and implement this information into molecular research work during their studies.


Basics of cytology, anatomy (e.g. exocrine glands, bones and cartilage, skin, nervous tissue, muscle tissue, motor end plate, blood-brain barrier, autonomic and central nervous system, blood, lymphatic organs, respiratory organs, liver, gastro-intestinal tract, heart function/ECG).

Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; pharmaceutical agents and pharma-cological mechanisms for major indications on a molecular level; toxicokinetics; drug safety and approval.

Module evaluation/



Exam interview Human Biology (1st semester)

Written exam Pharmacology (2nd semester)

Media used

PPT presentations, macroscopic/microscopic specimens


Human biology

Marieb Elaine N, Hoehn Katja, Human Anatomy and Physiology (Pearson Education 10th edition, 2015).

Ross Michael H., Wojciech Pawlina, Histology, a Text and Atlas. (Lippincott Raven 2010).


Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G, Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology (Elsevier 9th edition, 2019)