SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M3B222236
Module Leader Mandy Abbott
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

Pharmacology is the study of drugs. Drugs play a key role in the treatment of most human diseases and are not only used to cure disease (e.g. antibiotics) but also prevent disease (e.g. antihypertensives). This subject is designed to provide you with an understanding of the fundamental principles of pharmacology and introduce you to classes of drugs used to treat or prevent various diseases. It is very important for you to have a good understanding of general pharmacology whether you are studying podiatry, paramedicine or medicinal chemistry. For Podiatry: Podiatrists will be future prescribers of certain medications. As stated by the Podiatrists Registration Board of Victoria "a sound grounding in the principles of general pharmacology is essential for the podiatrist to therapeutically manage foot pathology. It is necessary to understand the mechanism of a drug treatment regime, how it influences the disease process and its potential side effects and contraindications". You will also be interacting with clients in your profession that may be on medications for conditions unrelated to podiatry. Knowing what these medications are used for and what they do will greatly benefit your ability to manage your clients and act responsibly as their healthcare practitioner. Whilst this subject will provide you with an introduction to pharmacology and an introduction to the schedule 4 drugs that you may be able to prescribe in the future, you will receive more clinical pharmacology that is of podiatric relevance in some of your later subjects. This will also include more specific information on prescribing practice. Overall, this unit will serve as an introductory unit to pharmacology which will provide you with the building blocks of knowledge to develop these skills.


General Principles of Pharmacology Drugs Affecting the Nervous System Drugs Affecting Major Organ Systems Selective Toxicity Other Topics in Pharamacology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:Key learning outcome 1 (General principles of Pharmacology)1. Distinguish between the fundamental principles of pharmacology (pharmacokineticsand pharmacodynamics), and explain the ways that drugs can produce therapeuticactions in the body.Enabling outcomes:a. Define pharmacokinetics and describe the way (and factors influencing the way) drugsare absorbed, distributed, metabolised and excreted in the body.b. Define pharmacodynamics and identify properties of agonist and antagonist activityand relate this back to drug action.c. Describe the major molecular targets of drug action and explain how drugs can act onthese targets to produce different responses.Key learning outcome 2 (Knowledge of drugs used to treat disease)2. Describe the different classes of drugs used to treat various diseases and identify anyassociated problems with the use of these drugs.Enabling outcomes:a. Describe the different classes of drugs used to treat various diseases and illustrate theway these drugs act (diagrammatically where appropriate).b. Apply the above knowledge to understand and explain causes of contraindications,adverse drug reactions and drug interactions.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered at La Trobe University and accessed by Year 3 outward exchange students from the BSc (Hons) Podiatry programme and has been put on ISIS for the purpose of recording the module marks for presentation to the Assessment Board. Lectures and workshop classes.

Indicative Reading

Both books listed here are recommended textbooks. You will find that the textbook by Rang et al. (2012) goes into more scientific detail then is probably required whereas the textbook by Bryant & Knights (2011) is directed more to health professionals. You may find both useful during different parts of the course. - Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM and Flower RJ. Pharmacology. 7th ed. Churchill Livingstone, 2012. - Bryant B and Knights K. Pharmacology for Health Professionals. 3rd ed. Elsevier, 2011.

Transferrable Skills

Information technology skills Presentation skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 30.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Lectures (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 60.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 40% This entry is a means of recording the overall mark achieved for the module - delivered at La Trobe university and overall results provided on the student's transcript.