SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB324221
Module Leader John Veto
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

BSc Hons or equivalent Suitable Health qualification

Summary of Content

This module aims to provide an educational experience which will produce a competent, analytical practitioner who can select, utilise and evaluate the optimum drug regimen required for safe and efficient clinical practice. It will also facilitate the development of key skills to ensure effective communication with other health professionals regarding the pharmacological component of the patient care package.


The principles of pharmacokinetics including: -360b7 Absorption b7 Distribution b7 Biotransformation b7 Excretion; mechanisms. The principles of pharmacodynamics including: -360b7 target macromolecules b7 receptors b7 other target molecules b7 Relationship between dose and response; agonists and antagonists. Prescription only medicines and the Law Substances available for use in podiatric practice. Writing orders for drugs; labelling; storage; handling. Schedules. Liaison with Pharmacists, General Practitioners. The action and use of drugs in the following systems and disorders.-Special emphasis being placed upon the relevance to podiatric practice. Skin including: bacterial, viral and fungal infections, Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, Central Nervous system, Endocrine system, Musculoskeletal and Joint Disease, Blood disorders including anaemias. General considerations: Adverse reactions and interactions; overdose and poisoning; dependency and abuse; effects of disease state on drug response; new drugs and clinical trials.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles underpinning pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics.2. Take responsibility for the design and evaluation of pharmacological management plans utilising drugs available for podiatric practice.3. Distinguish and categorise pharmacological preparations for the use in extended scope practice and surgical intervention.4. Critically evaluate the pharmacological component of the patient care package with particular reference to the effects on the lower limb and podiatric intervention.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is delivered on-line. A variety of media will be utilised which can include video lectures, podcasts, narrated presentations, seminars / online asynchronous group discussions and tutorials / online self-directed study to engage students in the key concepts which will then be developed through directed reading, guided activities, literature searching and student initiated reading. For the purpose of maintaining autonomy, flexibility and reducing remoteness in relation to learning, each online student will be allocated to an online tutorial group of up to 9 people. Tutorial groups will meet via GCU Learn on a fortnightly basis to discuss activities that have been assigned to them. Module Tutors will respond to group questions placed during these sessions. Students are required to make the equivalent of at least 3 meaningful contributions online per fortnight, where a 'meaningful contribution' is defined as 'providing a critical or developmental comment, not just a greeting'. Formative assessment opportunities and guided tasks will allow students to identify learning strategies to meet their personal learning needs. Since the majority of time is allocated to independent and directed study, it is important that students have previously acquired study skills and organisational abilities in order to successfully complete this module. Having access to a computer with Internet access is recommended and required to undertake this module.

Indicative Reading

Harvey R. A, Champe P. C, Howland R D, Mycek M. J. 2006, Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews Pharmacology. 6 th edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Peacock,G. and Richards, C.D. 2009, T he Human Body An Introduction for the Biomedical and Health Sciences. Oxford University Press Porth Carol Mattson. 2011, Essential Pathophysiology Concepts of Altered Health States Third edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Transferrable Skills

This module will facilitate a wide range of transferrable skills, in particular: -360b7 Critical evaluation of current research in the area of podiatric practice and be able to apply this in order to enhance clinical care. b7 Reflection upon research and current clinical guidelines and their application to professional practice. b7 The utilisation of IT in searching for current relevant literature b7 Use of IT skills to manage and be responsible for own learning using a Virtual Learning Environment.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 89.00
Tutorials (FT) 10.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Seminars (FT) 16.00
Assessment (FT) 25.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 45% 1500 word case study.
Exam (Dept) 01 1.00 50.00 45% MCQ Exam