Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE PHR1612

 
TITLE Health, Disease and Terminology

 
LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 6

 
DEPARTMENT Pharmacy

 
DESCRIPTION Human health and disease is focused on learning how the human body adapts to disease and the design of novel therapies and interventions to circumvent the disease process. This study-unit is concerned with basic knowledge of various disease conditions and the basic principles of drug action in these conditions.

- Diseases of specific organ systems;
- Disease states: Acute, chronic;
- Disease prevention: Prophylaxis, immunisation;
- The use of medicines and the impact on different body systems will be discussed;
- Medicine use: Handling, safety, risks, errors;
- Health promotion: Empowering patients to manage disease.

This study-unit is also concerned with medical and pharmacy terminology. The study-unit presents common terms used in pharmacy related to the preparation and use of medicines. Basic medical terminology related to disease states will also be presented.

Examples of terms to be discussed include:
- Terms used in basic principles of pharmaceutics;
- Terms used in relation to various routes of administration such as aerosols, aromatic waters, capsules, collodions, creams, elixirs, emulsions, implants, inhalations, injections (IV, IM, SC), liniments, lotions, lozenges, gels, ointments, pastes, plasters, powders, solutions, spirits, suspensions, suppositories, syrups, tablets, tinctures;
- Terminology used with reference to good manufacturing practice, standard operating procedures and clinical trials;
- Latin abbreviations for dosage regimens;
- Terminology used with reference to pharmaceutical equipment, medical devices and reference books;
- Medical and pharmaceutical terminology related to drug indication, contra-indication, side-effect, interaction;
- Introduction to basic terminology used in medicine;
- Introduction to terminology related to biopharmaceutics, biosimilars;
- Introduction to terminology used in clinical practice on wards/hospital setting such as ward rounds, medical notes, treatment chart, discharge summary.

Study-unit Aims:

- To introduce students to the actions, use and limitations of drugs in the prevention and treatment of various disease conditions;
- To introduce students to medical and pharmacy-related terms.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- understand concepts in the handling and use of medicines for the prevention, treatment and management of disease;
- understand the meaning of and describing medical and pharmacy terms.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- explain the use and limitations of drugs in the prevention and treatment of various disease conditions;
- describe principles in the handling and use of medicines;
- illustrate safe use of medicines;
- define medical and pharmacy terms;
- read prescriptions and acquire information from drug labels.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Joint Formulary Committee. British National Formulary. 61st ed. London: Pharmaceutical Press; March 2011.
- Kaiser C. The Pharmacy Technician's Reference Guide. 1st ed. USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009.
- Mohr ME. Standards of Practice for the Pharmacy Technician. 1st ed. USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009.
- Moini J. Comprehensive exam review for the pharmacy technician. New York: Thomson Delmar Learning; 2005.
- Springhouse. Medical Terminology Made Incredibly Easy! 3rd ed. USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008.
- Stedman's Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing (Illustrated). 6th ed. USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008.
- Whalley BJ, Fletcher KE, Weston SM, Howard RL, Rawlinson CF. Foundation in Pharmacy Practice. London: Pharmaceutical Press; 2008.
- Springhouse. Medical Terminology Made Incredibly Easy! 3rd ed. USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008.
- Stedman's Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing (Illustrated). 6th ed. USA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Online Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Lilian M. Azzopardi
Doris Baldacchino
Louise Grech

 
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