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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

DAPP3001 Pharmacology - Applied to Practice

10 creditsClass Size: 470

Module manager: Sumrah Shaffiq

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Evidence of ability to study at level 3

This module is mutually exclusive with

HECS2058Applied Pharmacology

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To demonstrate knowledge of essential medicines information reference sources

To apply knowledge of basic pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics when administering medicines

To employ knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in recognising the need for dose changes (e.g. renal failure) and considerations for routes of administration

To demonstrate an understanding of the laws and legal requirements governing storage, prescribing, dispensing, administration and disposal of controlled drugs

To apply knowledge of adherence and concordance issues when caring for various patients

To recognise and use knowledge about various medicines used in specific therapeutic specialities and basic principles needed to ensure the safety of patients

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the principles that affect the absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs
- Analyse the effects of patient specific factors on drug handling and apply that knowledge to individualising drug therapy
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of fundamental pharmacology terminology
- Critically evaluate the different factors governing the route of medicines administration
- Critically analyse mechanisms of adverse drug reactions and interactions and evaluate their clinical importance
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of how to maximise a patient's ability to manage their medicines
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the laws and legal requirements relating to controlled drugs

Skills outcomes
Learning from the module will allow students to learn from, and contribute towards, their clinical placements


The four principles for of pharmacokinetics - absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination
Differentiate between agonists and antagonists

The basic pharmacological concepts e.g. volume of distribution, peak/trough levels, half life, steady state, loading doses, therapeutic drug level monitoring, plasma protein binding

The factors that influence bioavailability

Recognise the routes of administration

The drug-receptor theory

Interpret dose-response curves

Common adherence and concordance issues and identify methods to improve adherence

Utilise medicines information reference sources to identify adverse drug reactions and drug interactions

How controlled drugs are managed in practice – including storage, prescribing, supply, administration and disposal

Differentiate between the types of adverse drug reactions

Identify patients who are increased risk of developing adverse drug reactions

The main types of drug interactions

Apply the above principles to specific therapeutic specialities - for example, cardiology, psychiatry, respiratory, acute pain, paediatrics, gastroenterology and infection.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Directed Study101.0010.00
Independent online learning hours35.00
Private study hours45.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Forty-five hours are included for private study.

A reading list is provided to students in advance of the module. Students are encouraged to access the core text identified on the reading list and these will be referenced by lecturers throughout the teaching sessions; other resources may also be referenced within these sessions.

Students are provided with a complete set of slides upon completion of the teaching sessions and are encouraged to review these alongside any additional notes and case studies that have been covered within the teaching session. An audio-visual recording of the session is also made available through the VLE after the session.

The module lead and individual speakers encourage students to review the sessions thoroughly during their private study periods and submit any queries that arise to the relevant speaker(s).
They are encouraged to utilise their learning during their placements, by engaging with their placement tutors and the commonly prescribed medication used in the clinical areas they are working.

Students starting DAPP 3001 in September 2018 will only attend one hour of taught sessions per week rather than a two hour session; an amendment made in light of student feedback from previous years and the recommendations of CESG last year. Material that is not covered in the taught sessions will therefore be covered as self-directed study via a blended learning approach. For each taught session, students will have a workbook, which may include:
- Guidance towards self-directed reading
- Additional MCQs
- Links to appropriate YouTube videos and other educational resources
- Links to desktop recordings, sections of previous lecture captures or appropriate podcasts
- Reflective questions to prompt application of learning to practice
- Patient case studies

The student workbooks create an exciting opportunity to offer more branch specific teaching e.g. paediatric and mental health specific questions and case studies etc.

Independent online learning = completion of pharmacology e-workbooks (5 hours), completion of weekly MCQs (10 hours), online tutorials (20 hours).

Private study = exam preparation (25 hours) and general lecture review and note making (20 hours)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

MCQs are made available on the VLE after and during each taught session.

The module lead is able to review marks and identify students who have not attempted MCQs. If needed, the module lead can contact the students not engaging with the formative assessment and discuss further. Opportunities to provide formative feedback on workbook associated activities will be explored using Minerva-based facilities.

An optional 2 hour drop in session is held the week after the Christmas break to answer any last minute questions and offer reassurance to any students who may need this.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQFORMATIVE: 13 x 30 min0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Resit paper to be sat in the August resit period

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/08/2020 13:11:10


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