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Postgraduate Course: Principles of Clinical Pharmacology (IMED11001)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 10-credit course aims to ensure that practitioners have a sound understanding of basic pharmacology principles and practices.
Course description Pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetics principles will be taught using clinical examples. Reasons for individual variation, drug monitoring, and types of adverse drug reactions will be discussed using interactive and problem based scenarios. Students will also learn and reflect on medication compliance, why medication errors occur, and will discuss safe prescribing guidelines. Students will increase knowledge and understanding of drug regulation in the UK and internationally. Students will gain a good understanding of the mechanisms of action and effects of recreational misused drugs. They will discuss common clinical toxicology/poisoning case scenarios and develop analytical reasoning to aid diagnostic and management decisions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 93 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the basic principles of dose adjustment and pharmaco-kinetics/-dynamics, and factors contributing to individual variability
  2. Recognise types of adverse drug reactions, why they occur, and their association with poor medication compliance
  3. Evaluate the reasons behind medication errors and devise effective strategies to improve safe prescribing
  4. Appraise the effects and adverse reactions associated with common recreational drug use, and diagnose and formulate management plans for common presentations to a toxicology unit
  5. Make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information
Reading List
Key articles will be referred to at relevant points during the course
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Within the work to be undertaken this course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop or further develop key graduate attributes:
In-depth knowledge of specialist discipline
Develop new understanding by exercising critical judgement and challenging knowledge
Be a self-directed learner
Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional and environmental issues into account
Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience and skills
Communicate (oral, written, online) effectively, respectful of social and cultural diversity
Application of numeracy
Application of IT
KeywordsPharmacology,clinical medicine,drug
Contacts
Course organiserProf Simon Maxwell
Tel: (0131) 537 2506
Email: S.Maxwell@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Krislyn McWilliams-Biles
Tel: (0131 5)37 2506
Email: kmcwill3@exseed.ed.ac.uk
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