PHAR06003 2020 Medical Pharmacology

General Details

Full Title
Medical Pharmacology
Transcript Title
Medical Pharmacology
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Subject Area
PHAR - Pharmacology
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mary Garvey
Programme Membership
SG_SINFO_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Health and Medical Information Science SG_SINFO_C06 202000 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Medical Information Science

This module introduces the fundamental principles of pharmacology. Essential key concepts of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, bioavailability, metabolism and drug design will be studied. Target organ toxicity including the liver, GIT, nervous system disease and treatment will be studied. The module is designed to provide a good understanding of the theoretical concepts of pharmacology and will include drug classification, mode of action, clinical side effects and modes of drug delivery.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe and define the basic terms and concepts of pharmacology.


Classify and identify the clinical purpose,  mode of action, side effects and resistance issues associated with common drugs.


Understand the mechanisms of disease, treatment and control.


Understand the process of drug metabolism and elimination within the body.


Understand the mode of action an antimcirobial agents, resistance and novel approaches.


Understand drug development from lead compounds to the market.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Online delivery of 1 lecture per week with self directed learning. Guidance provided on relevant areas for self directed learning.

Online delivery of 2 hour workshop weekly, where students will be directed to complete interactive type activities to enhance their study skills and knowledge.

independent learning hours 4 hrs/week

Question and answer sessions provided in the live classroom.

A variety of methods of instruction such as discussion, group work, interactive exercises, use of online resources and/or use of audio/visual material will be provided. Core skills will be embedded into all modules to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. This may include academic writing, oral presentations, reading techniques or research abilities. Accessible materials will be provided to students, including slides, documents, audio/visual material and textbooks enabling students slow down speed up recordings etc in accordance with universal distance learning.

All module content will be based on the principles of UDL to ensure equitable access to content and learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

100% CA module with CA ongoing throughout the semester.

CA will consist of multiple choice and long answer questions via the moodle page and some essay type assignments. CA will be open book.

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including multiple methods of assessment e.g. technology-enhanced assessment, presentations, projects, MCQ and LAQ.

Students will be given feedback and time to implement feedback in additional assessments to allow for improved CA submission.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat CA if required in the form of essay type assignments.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will introduce students to the scientific field of pharmacology where students will gain an understanding of the key concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. The module will provide students with an understanding of the interaction of drug molecules with bodily cells and organs with therapeutic effect. Part of this module provides a good understanding of organ systems such as the nervous, endocrine and cardiac systems. Understanding the systems is the initial step in learning how a drug affects the body. This module will also describe how a drug's impact occurs when it comes in contact with a chemical component of the body e.g. enzymes, hormones, membranes etc. Some common therapeutic agents such as antibiotics, anti depressant and non steroidal anti-inflammatories will be outlined to demonstrate the concepts of pharmacology.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 MCQ Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % Week 3 1
2 MCQ Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % Week 5 1,2
3 MCQ Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % Week 7 3
4 LAQ Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % Week 9 3,4
5 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 11 3,4,5,6
6 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 12 2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Workshop Computer Laboratory Practical Workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2019-10 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers
ISBN 0803669267 ISBN-13 9780803669260

Textbook The only text that meets all AACN/NONPF criteria "Prescribing Pearls," insights from expert practitioners on how to increase patient compliance, analyze potential drug interactions, and improve treatment selection reasoning. Discussions of the application of advanced pharmacotherapeutics to the real world of clinical practice Coverage of pathophysiology as it relates to the use of specific drugs Easy-to-understand illustrations of drug physiology and how drugs work in the body Tables that detail commonly used drugs, pharmacokinetics, drug/food interactions, dosage schedules, and available dosage forms "On the Horizon" boxes highlighting potentially useful drugs currently in clinical trials Davis Edge Online progressive quizzing platform with 900 board-style questions that align with the Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers text with page references Comprehensive rationales for both correct and incorrect responses to promote in-depth understanding and comprehension. Responsive design for access from laptop, tablet, and mobile devices, making study on the go easy

Required Reading
2017-11-30 Basic and Clinical Pharmacology 14E McGraw-Hill Education / Medical
ISBN 1259641155 ISBN-13 9781259641152

The most up-to-date, comprehensive, and authoritative pharmacology text in health medicineenhanced by a new full-color illustrations Organized to reflect the syllabi in many pharmacology courses and in integrated curricula, Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, Fourteenth Edition covers the important concepts students need to know about the science of pharmacology and its application to clinical practice. Selection of the subject matter and order of its presentation are based on the authors many years experience in teaching this material to thousands of medical, pharmacy, dental, podiatry, nursing, and other health science students. To be as clinically relevant as possible, the book includes sections that specifically address the clinical choice and use of drugs in patients and the monitoring of their effects, and case studies that introduce clinical problems in many chapters. Presented in full color and enhanced by more than three hundred illustrations (many new to this edition), Basic & Clinical Pharmacology features numerous summary tables and diagrams that encapsulate important information. Student-acclaimed summary tables conclude each chapter Everything students need to know about the science of pharmacology and its application to clinical practice Strong emphasis on drug groups and prototypes NEW! 100 new drug tables Includes 330 full-color illustrations, case studies, and chapter-ending summary tables Organized to reflect the syllabi of pharmacology courses Descriptions of important new drugs

Required Reading
2015-08-28 Applied Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics, Seventh Edition McGraw-Hill Education / Medical
ISBN 0071830936 ISBN-13 9780071830935

The landmark textbook on the theoretical and practical applications of biopharmaceutics and pharmacokineticsnow fully updated. Explains how to detect clinical pharmacokinetic problems and apply basic pharmacokinetic principles to solve them Helps you critically evaluate biopharmaceutic studies involving drug product equivalency and unequivalency Chapters have been revised to reflect the latest clinical perspectives on drug performance, bioavailability, bioequivalence, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug therapy The fields leading text for more than three decades, Applied Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics gets you up to speed on the basics of the discipline like no other resource. Practical problems and clinical examples with discussions are integrated within each chapter to help you apply principles to patient care and drug consultation situations. In addition, outstanding pedagogy, including chapter objectives, chapter summaries, and FAQs, plus additional application questions, identify and focus on key concepts. Written by authors who have both academic and clinical experience, Applied Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics shows you how to use raw data and formulate the pharmacokinetic models and parameters that best describe the process of drug absorption, distribution, and elimination. The book also helps you work with pharmacokinetic and biopharmaceutic parameters to design and evaluate dosage regimens of drugs. In the seventh edition of this must-have interactive learning tool, most of the chapters are updated to reflect our current understanding of complex issues associated with safe and efficacious drug therapy.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Basic and Clinical Pharmacology 14th Edition, Bertram Katzung.

Applied Biopharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics, Seventh Edition, Leon Shargel, Andrew Lou

Journal Resources

European Journal of Pharmacology

Frontiers in Pharmacology

Other Resources

PDF documents relating to course content made available by the lecturer