MEDN30000 Therapeutics

Academic Year 2023/2024

The module builds on your prior knowledge of pharmacology and pathology. It is designed to help you integrate practical diagnostic information with therapeutic management so that you learn how to practice medicine in an evidence-based manner.The content focuses on common diseases and their management that you would be expected to recognise and treat as a junior doctor. Skills-based activities, such as learning how to interpret diagnostic tests, administer medicines and write prescriptions, are included. Students should understand EBM approaches and patient safety issues by the end of this module.

Professionalism is integral to and will be assessed throughout the module. Any behaviour which is considered to be in breach of professional behaviour as set out in the School's Statement on Fitness to Practice (in addition to the University's policy) will be formally noted.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module you must be able to:

Recognise, manage and treat common illnesses.
Interpret common diagnostic tests.
Review drug charts and prescriptions and identify errors, deviations or omissions therein.
Write safe and legal prescriptions in various formats.
Understand how medicines are administered.
Know how to look up relevant content in the British National Formulary.
Appreciate medication safety issues.
Understand the need to practice medicine in an evidence-based manner.

Indicative Module Content:

Lecture topics include:

Evidence-based medicine; clinical trials, prescribing skills, diagnostic interpretation, review of therapeutics for common illnesses (eg stroke, diabetes, thyroid disease, hypertension, pneumonia, pain, nausea, vomiting, constipation, depression, anxiety, palliative care)

Seminar topics include:

Cancer radiotherapy

CALs in weeks 5-8 focus on prescribing scenarios.

Students complete drug chart assignments while on clinical placement.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Computer Aided Lab


Autonomous Student Learning


Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Practical group work
Skills-based, open book, computer-aided learning tutorials with guidance
Clinical placement in step down facility, GP practice and major teaching hospital with assignments associated. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Class Test: Open book, online prescribing test (in Brightspace) Week 10 n/a Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% Yes


Continuous Assessment: Drug chart assignments completed while on clinical placement Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Case studies paper. Some choice is available. 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ (A-E) - Single best answer, no negative marking, questions. End of trimester MCQ n/a Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Automated feedback on prescribing CALs in weeks 5-8 is built into these tutorials. After completing the CALs with supervision and assistance, the students later have the ability to self-assess in their own time. Mock MCQ quiz will be made available to students in week 9 to help prepare students for exit MCQ. Group/class feedback on drug chart assignments will be made available at the end of this module to highlight common errors/pitfalls in completing these tasks.

Name Role
Dr Jan Iglesias Tutor