PM0PHS-Foundation in Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences

Module Provider: Pharmacy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Becky Green


Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module is aimed at Foundation level students who want to learn more about and develop the skills needed in pharmaceutical and health sciences education. This module provides students with an introduction to pharmacy and other health-related professions and focuses on supporting the development of knowledge and skills necessary for students studying on healthcare and health sciences programmes.


This module aims to:

  • Develop knowledge of the roles of various healthcare and health-related professionals, their professional responsibilities and healthcare values.

  • Develop a basic knowledge of public health issues, health behaviours and health promotion

  • Develop a basic understanding of medical terminology

  • Introduce basic principles of how diseases can be prevented or managed using medicines

  • Develop skills in basic numeracy and pharmaceutical calculations

  • Introduce the concept of health inequalities, ethical issues and debate ethical dilemmas in healthcare

Intended learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of different healthcare professionals.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of public health issues and patient behaviours necessary for good health.

  • Describe how medicines are used to prevent or treat diseases

  • Demonstrate competency in basic numeracy skills and use these skills to perform basic pharmaceutical calculations.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of ethics in healthcare

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the module students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the roles, values and professional responsibilities of various healthcare professionals. Students will be able describe common health challenges that face our society and discuss how diseases might be prevented and/or treated. The numeracy skills and ability to perform basic pharmaceutical and healthcare-related calculations will also be assessed.

Additional outcomes:

Students will develop communication and reflection skills through participation in critical discussions of the health inequalities and ethical dilemmas presented. Students will also learn about the values and responsibilities of various healthcare professionals and consider the ethical implications of their professional practice.

Outline content:

Introduction to pharmacy and health-related professions

  • Introduction to the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals

  • Professional behaviours and values of healthcare professionals

  • Ethics in healthcare – an introduction to ethical issues and ethical dilemmas

  • Public health issues and health promotion

  • Introduction to the prevention and treatment of disease

  • Introduction to pharmaceutical considerations in the treatment of disease

Numeracy and calculations for health sciences

  • Numeracy skills including mental arithmetic, use of fractions, decimals and percentages, basic algebra

  • Introduction to logarithms

  • Measurements and estimation

  • Unit conversions

  • Introduction to pharmaceutical calculations

  • Application of numeracy skills to healthcare and pharmaceutical examples (including dosage calculations, unit conversions and simple dilutions)

Global context:

Health promotion, health inequalities and ethical dilemmas in healthcare will be considered in a global context.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module will be delivered using lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, case-based learning, screencasts and guided independent materials using the University’s virtual learning environment.  

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6 5
Tutorials 10 10 4
Practicals classes and workshops 4 10
Guided independent study 63 58 20
Total hours by term 83.00 83.00 24.00
Total hours for module 190.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Set exercise 20
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One written examination of one and a half hours duration.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module will be assessed using both course work and in-class tests.

One set exercise will be submitted at end of spring term.

One in-class test will be sat at the end of the Autumn term (Week 11).

One in-class test will be sat at the end of the Spring term (Week 30).

Formative assessment methods:

Formative assessment methods used to support skills development and improve student performance will include in-class numeracy tests and pre-workshop set exercises.  A diagnostic in class numeracy test (Week 5) and a formative calculations test (Week 20) will be used.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Students must achieve a mark of 40% to pass this module.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment will be by written examination only.  Students requiring reassessment will have their module mark capped at 40%.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 14 November 2018


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