MPharm Pharmacy with a Foundation Year

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
The Patient (Year 1): Introduction to Human Biology

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHAR10300
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
The Medicine (Year 1) PHAR10100 Co-Requisite Compulsory
The Patient (Year 1): Introduction to Human Biology PHAR10300 Co-Requisite Compulsory
The Public (Year 1): Public Health Microbiology PHAR10400 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Integrated Professional Practice (Part 1) PHAR10500 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Integrated Professional Practice Part 2 PHAR10600 Co-Requisite Compulsory

None, although ‘A’ level biology will be useful. 


This module provides a basic introduction to those aspects of biology which are relevant to the treatment of patients namely; Human Physiology and Pathology of a range of organ systems, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Human Genetics, Metabolism and Molecular Pharmacology.


Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will:


1. Understand and be able to give an overview of the structure and function of eukaryotic cells. Describe the cell cycle.


2. Understand DNA and protein structure, the process of protein synthesis and how this relates to pharmacogenetics.


4. Understand the structure, function and common pathologies of the following organ systems: gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, central nervous system, endocrine system, kidneys, liver, skin and blood.


6. .Understand (at an introductory level) how drugs interact with their biological drug targets e.g. enzymes, drug transporters and receptors


7. Understand at a basic level how drugs are processed by the mammalian body.


8. Be able to integrate this knowledge with the practice of pharmacy.



Assessment methods

  1. Semester 1 tutor marked assessment 1: MCQs (10% contribution to the unit mark, 2 credits).
  2. Semester 1 tutor marked assessment 2: Case study (15% contribution to the unit, 3 credits)
  3. Semester 1 consolidated exam (25% contribution to the unit mark, 5 credits).
  4. Semester 2: practical exam (25% contribution to the unit, 5 credits)
  5. Semester 2 consolidated exam (25% contribution to the unit mark, 5 credits).


  • Students must achieve a minimum of 40% over both semesters in the Patient sections of the consolidated exam.
  • Each of the two consolidated exams will contain 75 questions (25 from each of the three units Medicine, Public and Patient).
  • The Patient content will also be assessed in the PHAR10600 IPP unit

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 27
Practical classes & workshops 15
Independent study hours
Independent study 114

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Katherine Finegan Unit coordinator
Ruth Ledder Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Students are required to attend all practical sessions and the practical skills assessments. 

Attendance at revision sessions is mandatory.


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