SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B426531
Module Leader Joyce Nicol
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful completion of Year 2 BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition & Dietetics

Summary of Content

The pathophysiology of relevant body systems and organs will be studied by the students. The pharmacology of drugs used in the treatment of diseased states and their possible impact on nutritional status will also be studied.


The role of clinical lab services Cardiovascular disease GI Tract & GI tract disorders Liver & Liver Disease Cancer Inborn errors of metabolism Immunopathology Metabolic Response to injury Food Allergy & Food Intolerance HIV & Aids Diabetes Physical Activity & Health Overview of Neurological Disorders Renal Disease & Acid Base Balance The fundamental principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics that underpin an understanding of drug action The modes of action of the main types of drugs which will include cardiovascular drugs including diuretics, drugs used to treat GI disorders, cancer drugs & cytotoxicity, Diabetes Drugs & drug/nutrient interactions. The functions, side effects and contraindications of drugs used in the treatment of disease

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Identify the role of clinical lab services in the diagnosis of disease.2. Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of a range of clinical conditions.3. Evaluate the role of physical activity in the prevention of a range of certain diseases e.g. CHD, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.4. Understand the fundamental principles of pharmacology and the pharmacology of commonly used drugs in the treatment of a variety of disorders and be able to discuss the possible dietary and nutritional implications of the use of drugs to treat disease.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module material will be delivered by a series of lectures. These will be interactive and will encourage the students to integrate knowledge with the clinical dietetic modules therapeutic dietetics 1 & 2. The tutorials will allow clinical applications of the pathophysiology and pharmacology to be discussed. The lectures and tutorials will reinforce the importance of physiology, pathophysiology & pharmacology to Human Nutrition & Dietetics. The subject areas covered in the module provide the student with a broad and basic understanding of pathophysiology. The lecture material is challenging, relative to the real world, requires substantial self-input and is engaging and generative, producing engaged learners who are knowledgeable, confident and are able to make professional judgement and take responsibility in order to solve real world scientific and medical problems creatively.

Indicative Reading

Rolfes SR, Pinna K & Whitney E (2012) Normal and clinical nutrition. 9 th Edition. West/Wadsworth Ahmed N (2017) Clinical Biochemistry 2 nd edition Oxford Press 2017 (1 st edition available online via library) Murphy M et al (2018 ) Clinical Biochemistry: An Illustrated text. 6th edition Churchill Livingstone Elsevier Ferrier DR (2017) Lippincott's Illustrated reviews: Biochemistry. 7th Edition. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia Gandy, J (2019) Manual of Dietetic Practice 6 th Edition. Wiley Blackwell (on-line) Geissler CA & Powers HJ (2017) Human Nutrition 13 th edition Oxford University Press, Edinburgh Hardman AE & Stensel DJ (2009) Physical Activity & Health: The Evidence Explained. 2 nd Edition. Routledge (e-book also available from library) McArdle WD, Katch FI & Katch VL (2016) Essentials of Exercise Physiology. 5 th Edition. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia McArdle, WD, Katch FI & Katch VL (2015) Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy & Human Performance. 8 th Edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Porth,CM (2019) Pathophysiology: Concepts of altered health states. 10 th Edition. Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia Porth CM (2015) Essentials of Pathophysiology: Concepts of altered states. 4 th Edition Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia/Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Rang HP & Dale MM (2020) Pharmacology. 9 th Edition. Elsevier, Amsterdam Hubert RJ (2019) Gould's Pathophysiology for the Health Professions. 6 th Edition. Elsevier.

Transferrable Skills

Apply basic physiological knowledge to pathological conditions encountered in clinical situations and in other modules (e.g. Therapeutic Dietetics 1 & 2) Case studies introduced in seminars will enable students to develop analytical and evaluative skills in relation to clinical situations and problems. Seminars will include activities that develop the following transferrable skills : problem solving, working with others, presentation skills and information gathering.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Lectures (FT) 48.00
Assessment (FT) 4.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam 01 2.00 50.00 40% MCQ/ESSAY QUESTIONS
Exam 02 2.00 50.00 40% MCQ/ESSAY QUESTIONS