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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Prescribing (IMED11028)

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 will allow students to develop a deeper level of knowledge and understanding in the speciality areas of prescribing medicines. Over the course various aspects will be introduced and discussed such as clinical pharmacology as the since that underpins rational prescribing decisions, causes of inter-individual variability in the response to medicines, adopting a rational approach to prescribing decisions and finding high quality information to support prescribing
Course description The course will cover important aspects of prescribing medicines in the setting of a modern healthcare environment and will be taught by experienced NHS prescribers. The course will look to enhance students understanding of prescribing by providing resource materials (key texts, books, journals, and current guidelines), live interactive lectures/tutorials, recorded subject videos and formative exercises. Throughout the course there will be opportunities to interact and gain feedback from tutors by email, discussion boards or at our live tutorials.

Each teaching week's learning will be supported by a short MCQ (formative) allowing students to complement their learning and benchmark their progress. The summative assessment will be a written assignment based the learning/topics covered on the 5 teaching weeks.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Online Activities 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %
Feedback Formative assessment will be provided within the teaching weeks to support the student learning and provide feedback on their progress.
Feedback from tutors on summative assessments will be provided.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors that are responsible for inter-individual variation in the response to medicines (e.g. pharmacodynamic, pharmacokinetic, pharmacogenetic)
  2. Apply knowledge to develop management plans or monitoring regimes for patients presenting with common medical presentations and associated complications
  3. Interpret complex data that might influence prescribing decisions
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will seek to support development of research and enquiry, personal and intellectual autonomy and personal effectiveness in line with Masters level learning, study and research. As with Postgraduate study we will encourage independent study so that students explore the topic on a deeper level with a view to being able to critically use and communicate /express the knowledge they have gained in relation to real world practice.

Within the work to be undertaken this course will provide participants with the opportunity to develop or further develop key graduate attributes:
1. In-depth knowledge of prescribing medicines in modern healthcare
2. Develop new understanding by exercising critical judgement and challenging knowledge
3. Be a self-directed learner
4. Solve problems effectively taking ethical, professional, and environmental issues into account
5. Use information responsibly in a range of contexts
6. Collaborate with others, capitalising on their different thinking, experience, and skills
7. Communicate (oral, written, online) effectively, respectful of social and cultural diversity
8. Application of numeracy
9. Application of IT
KeywordsMedicine,Postgraduate,Internal medicine,General Medicine,Clinical pharmacology,Therapeutics
Course organiserDr Frances Parry
Tel: (0131 5)37 1822
Course secretaryMiss Shu Yang
Tel: 0131 537 2503
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