- Offered for Year: 2016/17
- Module Leader(s): Dr Catherine Dotchin
- Owning School: FMS Graduate School
- Teaching Location: Off Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 3 Credit Value:||10|
• To provide an evidence based knowledge about the use of medicines in older people
• To inform students about the safe and effective use of medicines in this group
• To inform students about the planning and prioritisation of medicines for older patients
• To inform students about the management of common conditions in older people, specifically stroke,Parkinson’s disease, dementia, urinary incontinence and urinary outflow obstruction, falls and syncope
• To inform students of the common conditions that can arise in older people as a result of medications
• To inform students about end-of-life care
Outline Of Syllabus
• Demographics and challenges of therapeutics in older people
• Medicines use by older people
• Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in older people
• Drugs causing particular problems in older people
• Adverse drug reactions and inappropriate treatments in older people
• Stroke: epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatments
• Dementia: epidemiology, pathology, disease modification, symptomatic treatment, prevention, assessment of response and on-going research
• Parkinson’s disease: pathophysiology, management including management of associated symptoms and current issues
• Falls and syncope: epidemiology, intrinsic causes of falls and their relationship with medications; epidemiology, evaluation and treatment of syncope
• Management of urological conditions (overactive bladder syndrome, LUTS due to benign prostatic enlargement, prostate cancer
• Management of patients during end-of-life care
What Our Students Say
"...as a student I felt well supported throughout the module, not just by supervisors but by peers as well. The online forum/exercises were excellent at developing networks and the shared learning from a variety of backgrounds, helped provide alternative viewpoints/perspectives for consideration which I found highly valuable. The admin team at Newcastle are an excellent resource as well with myself being IT challenged they helped me a great deal and I found them consistently upbeat, friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble for the team. I would have to say there help and assistance was brilliant!"
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||20:00||60:00||Student research to further apply course content to assessments|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||10||6:00||60:00||Online content and library materials|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||2:00||2:00||Application of knowledge to case studies online|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||10||2:00||20:00||eJournal/reflective blog|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||4||2:00||8:00||Peer review via discussion board|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||10||3:00||30:00||Supplemental reading|
|Guided Independent Study||Online Discussion||10||2:00||20:00||Discussion board|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
All activities relate directly to the learning outcomes above as follows:
Directed research and reading using the online content and library materials leads to all the knowledge outcomes.
Applying knowledge to case studies as skills practise leads to all the skills outcomes.
The reflective learning activities map to the analysis of challenges to safe and effective prescribing practice in older people as well as to identification of barriers to effective drug treatment in older people and designing potential solutions.
Peer review, discussion board activity and supplemental reading map to all of the knowledge and skills outcomes.
The skills outcomes are obtained by practical case based clinical problem solving exercises.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||3||M||30||Material for a scripted PowerPoint presentation.|
|Written exercise||3||M||35||1500 words - using case studies students will report on their design of solutions for treatment (feeds forward onto essay)|
|Essay||3||M||35||1500 words - medication review from case studies used in report|
|PC Examination||3||M||Multiple choice questions. Self-assessment with feedback.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The presentation tests student skills in critiquing articles on topic as well as subject knowledge.
The report and essay test the students’ ability to analyse and synthesise information relating to therapeutics in older people.
The multiple choice questions allow students to monitor their understanding against the learning outcomes.
- Reading List Website : rlo.ncl.ac.uk