PM3TH3-Therapeutics 3

Module Provider: Pharmacy, School of Chemistry
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring
Pre-requisites: PM2TH1 Therapeutics 1
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: PM3TH2 Therapeutics 2
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Dr Gary Stephens

Email: g.j.stephens@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
The module will focus on disorders of the peripheral nervous system, pain and analgesia, endocrine disorders, including thyroid disorders and diabetes, reproductive health and fertility and musculoskeletal disorders.

Aims:
The module will focus on disorders of the peripheral nervous system, pain and analgesia, endocrine disorders, including thyroid disorders and diabetes, reproductive health and fertility and musculoskeletal disorders.

To introduce therapeutic concepts in dealing with:
•Disorders of the Peripheral Nervous system, pain and analgesia.
•The endocrine system, including thyroid diseases
•Women’s and sexual health
•Disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
•Diabetes.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the Module the student will be expected to:
(i)Outline the physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying the above conditions.
(ii)Describe and evaluate the use and limitations of clinically relevant therapies used to treat peripheral nervous system disorders, pain, endocrine system disorders, menstrual disorders, fertility, contraception, sexual function, type I and type II diabetes and musculoskeletal disorders.
(iii)Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of action, uses and limitations of the major groups of drugs used to treat the conditions covered in the module.
(iv)Explain the role of the pharmacist in managing the above conditions.

Additional outcomes:
To bring together and build on knowledge gained from other Therapeutics and Pharmacy Practice modules

Outline content:
The module will consider the causes, aetiology, epidemiology, diagnosis and the therapeutic treatment of a number of conditions, focussing on those that are commonly encountered by the pharmacist. Clinical scenarios and demonstrations are integrated within the module to enable students to translate theory to practice.
Peripheral nervous system: Organisation of the peripheral and autonomic nervous system, and its disorders. Pain and analgesia. Local and general anaesthetics; muscle relaxants.
Endocrinology: Principles of organisation and main hormonal systems in the the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Definition of main steroidal and non-steroidal hormone systems and their roles. Examples of endocrine disorders and their treatments. Thyroid function and disorders.
Women’s and sexual health: The menstrual cycle and its disorders including dysmenorrhoea, menorrhagia. Fertility, pregnancy, the menopause Principles of contraception and contraceptive devices. Endometriosis. Male impotence and benign prostate hyperplasia.
Musculoskeletal system: disorders of the skeleto-muscular system including: rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, gout, bone development and disorders (osteoporosis, osteopenia), vasculitides and autoimmune disorders, steroid therapy.
Metabolic disease: diabetes. Integration of whole body metabolism, type I and type II diabetes, treatments for type I and type II diabetes.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course content will be provided through a mixture of formal one-hour lectures, problem-based learning seminars using appropriate case studies, practical laboratory classes and clinical workshops. Appropriate supplementary information and reading lists will be provided and facilities for computer-aided literature searching for additional relevant materials will enable students to improve their own learning skills.s.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
Tutorials 1 1
Practicals classes and workshops 24
Guided independent study 150
       
Total hours by term 199.00 1.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:

Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 27
Class test administered by School 3

Other information on summative assessment:
Coursework deadlines are as follows: PBL 1 (Pain) assessment: week 23; PBL2 (Musculoskeletal) assessment: week 28 (written work) 34 (test).
Failure to attend any compulsory PBL or practical session associated with this module will incur a deduction of 10% of the coursework mark associated with this module.

Penalties for late submission (if non standard): Penalties for late submission are in accordance with University policy

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • 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.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)

    Length of examination:
    3 hour written examination

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall (but see progression requirements in programme specifications).

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Written examination during the University examination period (August/September)

    Last updated: 20 August 2012

    Things to do now