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Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
The Patient (Year 3): Pathology, Pharmacology &Therapeutics 2
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|The Medicine (Year 3) - Drug Development Process 2||PHAR30100||Co-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Integrated Research Skills: preparation for 4th year projects and evidence-based practice||PHAR30400||Co-Requisite||Compulsory|
|The Pharmacist (Year 3): Developing Professional Practice||PHAR30200||Co-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Yr 3 Integrated Prof Practice||PHAR30700||Co-Requisite||Compulsory|
- To develop students’ core knowledge of systems-based physiology and fundamental anatomy.
- Provide a sound, pharmacological basis to the action of drugs on targets.
- Develop students’ understanding of the basic principles (pathophysiology) of common disease processes.
- Develop student’s understanding and application of the principles of rational drug therapy and individualised medicines optimisation.
Teaching and learning methods
Knowledge and understanding
- Describe the physiology, anatomy and pathophysiology relevant to endocrine, musculoskeletal and CNS disorders
- Discuss the principles of pharmacology as they apply to the drugs which interact with targets for the CNS neurotransmitters, and with targets within the musculoskeletal and endocrine systems
- List the pharmacological properties of each drug group interacting with these targets which are relevant to therapeutic use
- Discuss the pharmacological management of CNS, musculoskeletal and endocrine disorders with reference to clinical guidelines and how these apply to individual patients according to the principles of medicines optimization
- Describe the roles of non-pharmacological therapy, over-the counter and prescribed medicines in the management of endocrine, musculoskeletal and CNS disorders
Apply knowledge of anatomy and patho-/physiology, pharmacological principles and therapeutic guidelines to address actual and potential problems with patients’ therapy.
Demonstrate problem solving, data analysis and presentation skills for the pharmacology laboratory tasks and summative assessment.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Confidently use the BNF to retrieve medicines-related information.
A minimum of two sample examination papers with answers are available for students to self-assess across the year (1 per semester). Students have the opportunity to attempt a mock written examination with feedback session in both semesters 1 and 2 to help aid understanding of unit requirements, develop exam technique, clarify knowledge deficiencies and guide study strategies.
Assessment Weighting Equivalent Credits
Semester 1 Exam 40% 12
Semester 2 Exam 40% 12
Laboratory Coursework 20% (plus PASS/FAIL component) 6
End of semester examinations
2 x 2 hours; 40% weighting each. Each exam contains:
- 4 short answer questions [10 marks each, total 40 marks]
- 2 case study questions [25 marks each, total 50 marks]
Laboratory coursework assessment (semester 1)
- Working in small groups, prepare and submit a ‘laboratory clinical study experimental plan’ which will be a Pass/Fail assessment.
- Working in these same small groups, prepare and present one academic poster based on laboratory data for summative assessment, with 20% weighting.
All content covered during any laboratory practical classes ran in semester 1 is examinable within the end of semester examination.
Passing the unit
Students must achieve >40% in each of the three components of assessment to pass this unit:
- Semester 1 exam
- Semester 2 exam
- Semester 1 Laboratory poster assessment
Students must also pass the following Pass/Fail components to pass this unit:
- Submission of a group ‘laboratory experimental plan’ report (semester 1)
Students will be encouraged to approach unit leadership with queries relating to unit structure and assessment. Clinical queries can be directed toward specific teaching staff. There will be regular online ‘drop in’ session attended by unit staff, in order to enable students to ask questions about that weeks’ taught materials.
During workshops students will be provided feedback by session leaders on specific cases and learning materials pertaining to those workshops.
During an inter-professional education workshop with nursing students in semester 2, students will receive feedback on their knowledge, decision-making and understanding of their fellow professionals.
Each semester, during the mock examination feedback session students will be provided with model answers and previous answers to support their learning.
Laboratory assessment: during semester 1 student groups will receive feedback on their poster.
Please see Blackboard. Recommended reading consists of papers from clinical pharmacy journals, health care reports/guidelines, relevant textbook chapters and BNF chapters. As clinical practice is constantly changing, this material will be reviewed at the start of each semester and to ensure it remains relevant.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||12|
|Practical classes & workshops||9|
|Independent study hours|
|Dianne Bell||Unit coordinator|
Attendance at lectures may be monitored through class interactive activities.
Attendance is monitored using paper or electronic attendance records at the Master Class workshops in semesters 1 and 2, and at the IPE Mental Capacity Act and covert administration workshop in semester 2 and practical labs / workshops.
Students are expected to attend all learning sessions and laboratory classes.