The material on this website was developed over the course of my 18 years teaching pharmacology, neuroscience and physiology at the University of Manchester. I've always been happy to share resources with colleagues, but it's taken getting a small teaching grant from the British Pharmacological Society to overcome my inertia and do something about making it more widely available. So... thank you BPS.
Most of the figures available here were produced using Omnigraffle. If you would like the original Omnigraffle files, please contact me. The majority of the drawings are completely original, but some use stencils freely downloadable from Graffletopia.
Animations were produced in Adobe Flash. The .fla source files are included with the download.
All material is offered on a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Licence.https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/uk/
Finally, if you think any of the material offered here needs revision due to factual errors, or you feel I have breached your copyright, please:Email me!
Excel and Word
Click on the cogs to jump to my functional preparation simulations.
Cogs image by Emmanuel Huybrechts. Creative Commons licence.
Assorted material from my lecture and tutorial teaching.
Click on the sweeties to jump to this section.
Allsorts image by Ali K from Wikimedia Commons. Creative Commons licence
Mostly PNG files
Click on the nicotinic receptor to jump to the image section.
I've produced these mostly for my lectures. Some may also be useful in the generation of MCQ questions.
Zip folder. Click to download. Open the Start here.doc file first.
A semester long coursework activity based on drug discovery in the garden gnome. It runs in SoftChalk and on Blackboard. The zip file contains links to modules for one of the four disease targets and the corresponding data and Blackboard quizzes. If you are interested in using this, you will need to get in touch to work out how we can work together to port it to your system.
Zip folder. Click to download. Run from HTML file
Not exactly pharmacology, but it works well. Students are given results from three experiments and have to decide how to present them. I use this to show them when text, tables and figures are appropriate..... I wrote it because I had had enough of looking at bar graphs showing two data points!
There is a Powerpoint presentation in the zip file that I use in the tutorial.
Zip folder containing Word documents.
I used to run a ligand binding practical using rat brain, but told the students in the manual that it was gnome, so they could not work out what the results "should be". I generated some heavily annotated write-ups to serve as model answers. Both the good and bad versions came from student work (though they are composites). Note that although I do not mince my words in this example, my actual feedback comments to students are much more supportive!
There is also a tutorial figure legend writing exercise based on this practical. Clearly, if you do the tutorial activity, do not give the students the annotated reports first. The tutorial version can also be used to practice abstract writing.
Zip folder contains Word documents, Excel workbook and a PowerPoint presentation
I run this logic puzzle as an end of semester activity for my pharmacology theory unit. It is "bloody hard" according to the students, but that may be due to the amount of alcohol they put away whilst doing it. The PowerPoint contains a grid that they have to fill their answers into, and the Word document contains text and graphical clues. I still use this for teaching, so am not posting the answers here - if you want them, drop me an email from your University staff account.
Also included here are the logic puzzle template and instructions that I will present in the Pharmacology 2017 Education workshop (see you there!)
I've included the figures below to illustrate how I use ThingLink in feedback to students. Roll your cursor over the figures to show the information points. I generate examples of correct practice and then annotate them in ThingLink (ThingLink.com). Links to the figures can then be embedded in comments in Word documents or (as I mostly do), incorporated into drag and drop "QuickMarks" in the Turnitin GradeMark system. ThingLink is free for academic users. And no, they don't pay me anything!