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Module MSE-1010:
Foundation in Therapeutics

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Dr Rachel Hallett

Overall aims and purpose

Therapeutics is the branch of medicine which deals with the treatment of disease. This includes pharmacology, which refers to the use of drugs, their action on the body, and their pharmacokinetic profiles. This foundation module will introduce concepts and practices in pharmacology, and the actions and use of medicines in the management of a range of common diseases.

Course content

This foundation module will introduce concepts and practices in pharmacology, and the actions and use of medicines in the management of a range of common diseases. The historical development of medicines charts the beginning of the discipline of pharmacology, and key concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics underpin the way in which medicines are developed and used today. Specialist pharmacist lecturers will describe the modes of action and use of treatment options for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disorders, respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases.

Learning outcomes mapped to assessment criteria

  threshold

Threshold D- to D+ (40-49%) Student able to demonstrate basic factual information, largely based on teaching notes, generally accurate but with some errors or gaps in knowledge or understanding.

another level

Satisfactory C- to C+ (50-59%) Reasonably comprehensive coverage of the teaching material demonstrated in assessments, indicating generally accurate knowledge, based on lecture material and some core directed reading. Weaknesses in understanding may be evident.

good

Good B- to B+ (60-69%) Student demonstrates strong knowledge and generally accurate coverage of module content, showing good use of teaching material and directed core readings. Able to extract information from other sources independently.

Demonstrate understanding of key elements in the history of pharmacy.

Satisfactory C- to C+ (50-59%) Demonstrates a reasonable understanding of clinical pharmacy and medicine management. Good B- to B+ (60-69%) Demonstrates a good working knowledge and understanding of Pharmacy and medicine management including the consequences of subscription drugs on the body. Threshold D- to D+ (40-49%) Demonstrates a basic understanding of clinical pharmacy and medicine management Excellent A- to A* (70-100%) Demonstrates a deep knowledge and understanding of Pharmacy and medicine management including the principles of drug action and receptors.

Demonstrate understanding of what constitutes the safe and effective use of medicines.

Excellent A- to A* (70-100%) Demonstrates a deep knowledge and understanding of Pharmacy and medicine management including the principles of drug action and receptors. Satisfactory C- to C+ (50-59%) Demonstrates a reasonable understanding of clinical pharmacy and medicine management. Good B- to B+ (60-69%) Demonstrates a good working knowledge and understanding of Pharmacy and medicine management including the consequences of subscription drugs on the body. Threshold D- to D+ (40-49%) Demonstrates a basic understanding of clinical pharmacy and medicine management

Be able to briefly describe the pharmacology of commonly used medicines.

Threshold D- to D+ (40-49%) Demonstrates a basic understanding of clinical pharmacy and medicine management Satisfactory C- to C+ (50-59%) Demonstrates a reasonable understanding of clinical pharmacy and medicine management. Good B- to B+ (60-69%) Demonstrates a good working knowledge and understanding of Pharmacy and medicine management including the consequences of subscription drugs on the body. Excellent A- to A* (70-100%) Demonstrates a deep knowledge and understanding of Pharmacy and medicine management including the principles of drug action and receptors.

Understand the need for and consequences of disease management in clinical practice.

Threshold D- to D+ (40-49%) Demonstrates a basic understanding of clinical pharmacy and medicine management Satisfactory C- to C+ (50-59%) Demonstrates a reasonable understanding of clinical pharmacy and medicine management. Good B- to B+ (60-69%) Demonstrates a good working knowledge and understanding of Pharmacy and medicine management including the consequences of subscription drugs on the body. Excellent A- to A* (70-100%) Demonstrates a deep knowledge and understanding of Pharmacy and medicine management including the principles of drug action and receptors.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM Multiple Choice Question Exam

End of semester 2 exam. 1 hour MCQ exam whereby students choose 1 correct answer from 4 alternatives. Formative assessment and group design of practice MCQs will be used to help prepare.

60
COURSEWORK Drug report

Students will choose one drug they have learned about from pharmacist lecturers and write a short report, detailing their additional research into:

  • Its formulation (oral, intravenous, inhalant etc)
  • Its specific mode of action (pharmacodynamics)
  • Its pharmacokinetic parameters, and dosing regimen
  • The disease(s) it is indicated for
  • Any associated side effects, contraindications
40

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

2 x 2 hour revision seminars, with guidance on drug report assignment and exam preparation.

Please note, for 2020/21, a blended learning style of delivery will be used. Students unable to attend Bangor University campus will be able to follow all aspects of the teaching online. On campus teaching may be integrated, subject to Covid-19 related restrictions.

4
Private study

Directed additional reading, online resources and textbooks to support the lecture material. Students make their own MCQ quizzes to aid revision.

Please note, for 2020/21, a blended learning style of delivery will be used. Students unable to attend Bangor University campus will be able to follow all aspects of the teaching online. On campus teaching may be integrated, subject to Covid-19 related restrictions.

84
Lecture

6 x 2 hour lectures

Please note, for 2020/21, a blended learning style of delivery will be used. Students unable to attend Bangor University campus will be able to follow all aspects of the teaching online. On campus teaching may be integrated, subject to Covid-19 related restrictions.

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Transferable skills

  • 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
  • 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

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