Therapeutics & Pharmacology
Run by School of Medical and Health Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr James Burston
Overall aims and purpose
This module aims to provide the foundation to understanding the basis of therapeutic intervention.
Using a systems approach, the students will learn key aspects of therapies related to medical specialties, surgery, oncology, and other therapies. The benefit and risk of therapeutic intervention and safe prescribing will be explored. Clarity in risk assessment, prescribing, and documentation will be emphasised. Use of guidance, including British National Formulary (BNF) in prescribing and familiarity with prescription medicines. Horizontal and vertical integration will be achieved by using a systems approach as well as adopting a spiral curriculum to optimise the reflective, learning environment and cross-referencing from the other modules.
This module will introduce the important areas of therapeutics in a wide range of specialties using a systems approach as applied in the teaching of basic medical sciences.
The module will cover interventions for conditions listed in the PA curriculum. Prescribing practice will be included, together with discussion regarding the role of the PA in prescribing under supervision. The learning of therapeutics and pharmacology will be integrated with other related modules to facilitate understanding of the indications for interventions, risks, complications and benefit, and will emphasise the importance of multi-disciplinary approach to working and patient care.
Category C (50% -59%)
A threshold student should have thorough knowledge of the essential facts around therapeutics and pharmacology.
Category B (60%-69%)
A good student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, and be able to detail examples where appropriate.
Category A (70% - 100%):
An excellent student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, and be able to detail examples where appropriate, supported by additional reading and knowledge drawn from other modules. For the higher 'A' marks, significant demonstration of critical analysis and wider reading is essential.
Be very familiar with evidence related to prescribing medications, guidelines and issues surrounding safe prescribing and their role and supervision in the team.
Appraise the benefits and risks related to interventions.
Develop an detailed understanding of the appropriate use of therapies.
Investigate how therapeutic interventions relate to disease prevention, diagnoses and management plans.
Analyse the key areas of therapeutics.
Describe the fundamental role of pharmacology in clinical practice.
|Extended Multiple Choice Exam||50.00|
|Essay (2000 words)||50.00|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
There will be:
10 x 4 hour lectures relating to theory. 1 x 2 hour lecture for case-based discussions.
Students will spend the private study engaging with wider reading, preparation for exams and undertaking coursework.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others