SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB326748
Module Leader John Veto
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Podiatry
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

BSc Hons or equivalent Suitable Health qualification

Summary of Content

-360b7 The principles of pharmacokinetics Including Absorption; factors affecting rate and degree of absorption, lipid solubility, surface area, time, blood flow, bioavailability. Distribution; plasma protein binding, tissue distribution, apparent volume of distributor. Biotransformation; phases of biotransformation, induction and inhibition of cytochrome P450s, concentration-dependent biotransformation. Excretion; mechanisms. -360b7 The principles of pharmacodynamics Including target macromolecules; receptors (intracellular receptors, transmembrane enzymes, receptors acting via G -proteins, ion channels), other target molecules (enzymes, structural proteins, transport mechanisms). Relationship between dose and response; agonists and antagonists. -360b7 Prescription only medicines and the Law Substances available for use in podiatric practice. Writing orders for drugs; labelling; storage; handling. Schedules. Liason with Pharmacists, General Practitioners. -360b7 The action and use of drugs in the following systems and disorders.-Special emphasis being placed upon the relevance to podiatric practice. Skin and wounds including bacterial, viral and fungal infections, Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, Central Nervous system, Endocrine system, Musculoskeletal and Joint Disease, Blood disorders including anaemias. -360b7 Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of analgesic drugs. -360b7 Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of local anaesthetic drugs available to podiatrists. -360b7 General considerations Adverse reactions and interactions; overdose and poisoning; dependency and abuse; effects of disease state on drug response; new drugs and clinical trials.


-360b7 Principles underpinning pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics b7 Integrating physiological systems to the practical application of pharmacological interventions b7 The practical clinical application of drugs in relation to toxic effects, drug-drug interactions and drug nutrient interactions b7 Design and evaluate pharmacological management plans utilising drugs available to podiatrists

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles underpinning pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics2. Develop integration of knowledge of physiological systems to practical application of pharmacological interventions3. Understand the practical clinical application of drugs in relation to toxic effects, drug-drug interactions and drug nutrient interactions4. Take responsibility for the design and the evaluation of pharmacological management plans utilising drugs available for podiatric practice5. 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

30 hours of asynchronous / synchronous lectures tutorials and directed learning 120 hours of Self-directed learning

Indicative Reading

BATTISTA, E. 2012*. Crash Course: Pharmacology.4 th ed. St. Louis: Mosby. RANG, H.P, RITTER, J.M., FLOWER, R.J. and HENDERSON, G. 2015*. Rang & Dale's Pharmacology. 8 th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. ( WALLER D.G. and SAMPSON, A.P., 2017*. Medical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. 5 th ed. Elsevier. Other relevant texts, websites or journal articles as directed by the module team. *(or most recent edition)

Transferrable Skills

The ability to search for current relevant literature Constructively appraise literature Apply pharmacological knowledge in the clinical management of patients Understand the impact of pharmacological management on the lower limb

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (PT) 4.00
Independent Learning (PT) 120.00
Lectures (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 14.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 01 1.50 100.00 50% Exam