PS6040: Applied Pharmacology

PS6040: Applied Pharmacology

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Applied Pharmacology
Module Code PS6040
Module Tutor Matt Perry
School School of Health and Social Care
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module provides a foundation for the pharmacological interventions used in practice. Fundamental practices and principles of medication management, preparation and administration will be studied to ensure graduates have a good underrating of the medications they will administer in their career as well as a basis for continued education.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will cover the following:


Pharmacokinetics & dynamics


Mechanism of action

Drug classifications

Indications for use (for example BNF or JRCALC or NPF or NICE and other guidelines)

Drug calculations

Drug interactions & other substances

Individual variance (age, gender co-morbidities) 

Legal, ethical and interdisciplinary considerations in the safe use of medicines

Administration & storage considerations

Clinical reasoning and evidence-based practice in pharmacology

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:


  1. Critically evaluate and apply the basic concepts of pharmacology creatively applying the synthesis of that knowledge to practice

  2. Critically appraise the pharmacological evidence underpinning paramedic guidelines

  3. Be able to critically examine the legal, ethical and practical application of safe pharmacological practice to produce a rationale for interventions

  4. Demonstrate clinical reasoning as it applies to pharmacology, considering individual patient differences

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 50
Independent Learning Hours: 100
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 60% Exam: Unseen, Closed Book: 2.00 hours
002: 40% Assignment: Individual: 1500 words
Special Assessment Requirements


Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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