Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Pharmacology and Applied Therapeutics (Masters)

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: NMS11183
Module leader: Ruth Paterson
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Generic - School of Nursing Midwifery & Social Car


Description of module content:

Consultation, Decision-making and Therapy including Referral. Influences on and Psychology of Prescribing. Prescribing in a Team Context Clinical Pharmacology including the Effects of Co-morbidity. Evidence-based Practice and Clinical Governance in relation to Prescribing Legal, Policy and Ethical Aspects . Professional Accountability and Responsibility. Prescribing in the Public Health Context, Exploration of health issues in the international context.

You will develop the knowledge required to critically appraise prescribing decisions using your knowledge of pharmacology and examine the evidence base supporting pharmacological treatment. You will take a case based approach to a deep understanding of pharmacology and critically explore wider issues related to prescribing including medicines adherence, polypharmacy ethics and consent, public health aspects of pharmacological management. This will prepare you to support the pharmacological management of service users in your chosen area of advanced practice. This module is not suitable for those who are either Nursing and Midwifery Council or Health and Care Professions Council registrants rather it is for health and social care practitioners registered with non-UK organisations.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Critically appraise consultation models and reflect on a variety of clinical scenarios to explore safe, appropriate and cost effective pharmacological management of service users relevant to your area of practice.
LO2: Critically analyse research evidence as it applies to pharmacological management of those requiring pharmacological treatment.
LO3: Evaluate the relationship between multi-disciplinary teams and communication networks involved in pharmacological management.
LO4: Critically reflect on the influences on decision related to pharmacological therapeutic interventions.
LO5: Synthesise knowledge of medications in the context of your own practice.
LO6: Debate the global development of national and international prescribing practice.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 2, Online,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ruth Paterson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning and teaching strategies aim to develop skills of problem solving and reflective practice. A online approach to learning will take place and and teaching methods will include case study analysis, presentation and discussion in virtual group work seminars and tutorials closely aligned to the six Learning outcomes. The programme is 26 weeks in duration and students will be required to explore the pharmacological management of service users in the context of their own area of practice (LOs1, 4). Using MOODLE and library resources students will be required to explore the evidence base to support pharmacological management of conditions that you encounter in practice (LOs2, 5). Exploring the global development of pharmacological practice and comparing this to the UK will allow a critical appraisal of the international development of prescribing practice.

Formative Assessment:
A directed pharmacology activity will be submitted to Moodle on week 3-4 of the module
In week 7-8 of the module students will submit a short answer question that will be similar in format to the online pharmacology examination.
Students will be encouraged to submit a draft of their portfolio document prior to week 7 of the second trimester of study.

Summative Assessment:
LO 5
1. In week 13 students will complete a summative timed pharmacology examination.
Students will complete a written class test that consists of twenty short answer and multiple choice questions which will include drug calculations. Students must achieve a pass.

If a student fails he or she will be required to resit the failed component.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 10
Online Guided independent study 150
Other Work based learning 40
Independent Learning Guided independent study 200
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 30 5 13 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Portfolio 50 1,2,3,4,5,6 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 5000
Placement (Report) 20 1,2,3,4,5,6 26 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

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