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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

HECS5242M Pharmaceutical Care: Core Conditions

30 creditsClass Size: 25

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Benedict Brown

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Dec (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

- Ability to study at level M (normally has obtained 120 credits at level 3)
- A pharmacist with current registration with the GPhC or Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (GPhC)
- Access to appropriate pharmacy practice to allow the undertaking of work-based assignments
- Appointment of an agreed work-based educational supervisor and support from a work-based manager.

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will cover the aetiology, clinical features and pharmacotherapy of a range of core conditions. The module will teach you to critically appraise pharmacotherapy by adopting an evidence based medicine approach and how to apply this in the planning and delivery of pharmaceutical care.


This module aims to equip students with the skills to provide pharmaceutical care to patients, covering aetiology, clinical features and critical evaluation of pharmacotherapy for a range of core conditions.

Learning outcomes
On completion to be able to
1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the aetiology and clinical features of a range of core conditions
2. Critically analyse the pharmacotherapy of core conditions in relation to guidelines, primary evidence and the patient's individual needs
3. Plan and evaluate pharmaceutical care taking into account the need for continuity of care
4. Take a proactive and self reflective approach to the pharmacist's role in the patient care in the context of core conditions to inform CPD

Skills outcomes
To be able to provide pharmaceutical care to a range of patients with core conditions.


- Planning, managing, monitoring and reviewing pharmaceutical care
- Literature searching and critical evaluation of evidence
- Understanding and adopting evidence-based medicine/practice
- Aetiology, clinical features and critical evaluation of pharmacotherapy for a range of core conditions
- Reflection on the pharmacist's role and CPD requirements.

Core conditions:
- Cardiovascular: Heart failure, Angina, ACS, MI, Atrial Fibrillation, PE, DVT, Thromboprophylaxis
- Gastroenterology: Dyspepsia, GORD and Peptic Ulcer disease
- Respiratory: COPD and Asthma
- Infection: Pneumonia, Cellulitis, UTI and pyelonephritis
- Endocrine: Diabetes and Osteoporosis
- Mental Health: Depression and Dementia
- Musculoskeletal: OA and Gout
- Surgical patient: Management of long term medicines, fluid balance, infection, PONV and acute pain

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Independent online learning hours14.00
Private study hours247.00
Total Contact hours39.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- Online learning: online MCQs
- Private study: work based learning, reading, preparation for seminars.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Submission of progress reviews reports progress with work based learning as set out in learning contracts.
- Marks for online MCQs monitored by module manager
- Formative feedback given to students during seminars
- Summative assessment staggered through module to allow monitoring of progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 1,500 words30.00
Presentation20 min verbal presentation + 10 mins questions30.00
Essay1 x 2000 words40.00
In-course MCQFORMATIVE: Throughout the module0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

No compensation between elements

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/01/2024


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