Module Details

Module Code: 57000
Full Title Pharmacology and Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives
Valid From: Semester 2 - 2019/20 ( February 2020 )
Language of Instruction:English
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits: 7.5
Module Owner: Myles Hackett
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: This module offers an introduction to the core discipline of Pharmacology. The initial block of lectures covers the concepts of mechanisms of drug action, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacovigilance. The module then proceeds to cover the principal classes of drugs employed clinically to treat diseases in the major body systems. Throughout the module students will gain exposure to the clinical aspects of nurse/ midwife prescribing from various practice contexts and special population groups.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 State the general principles of drug action, pharmacodynamics pharmacotherapeutics pharmacokinetics and pharmacovigilance.
MLO2 Describe the pathogenic mechanism that underlies the specific diseases covered.
MLO3 Discuss the pharmacology of the principal classes of drugs acting on major body systems including adverse reactions and interactions.
MLO4 Evaluate through reflection the core principles of the prescribing process as applied to nurse prescribing.
MLO5 Discuss the principles of prescribing for special populations, notably older people, children and young people, pregnant or lactating women, clients with an intellectual disability and those experiencing mental illness.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Introduction to the core discipline of Pharmacology
• Pharmacokinetics • Pharmacodynamics • Drugs and the autonomic nervous systems • Drugs acting on the heart • Drugs used in hypertension • Lipid lowering drugs; anti-coagulants, drugs and anaemia • Drugs acting on the respiratory system • Drugs acting on the gastrointestinal system • Analgesics • Drugs acting on the endocrine system • Drugs acting on the central nervous system including antidepressants, anti psychotics, drugs used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s etc • Antibacterial drugs • Drugs used in the treatment of malignant diseases • Individual differences, drugs used in extremes of life and pregnancy • Drug interactions ,adverse reactions , pharmacovigilance • Poisons , antidotes and drugs of abuse • HSE prescribing expert • State claims agency • IMB adverse events and reporting • Special populations from a nursing and midwifery perspective
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Module Special Regulation


Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Open-book Examination % of Total Mark 100
Marks Out Of 100 Pass Mark 50
Timing End of Year Learning Outcome 1,2,3,4,5
Duration in minutes 120
Assessment Description
This module will be assessed though an open book exam of short answer questions and a section on nursing and midwifery specific MCQs
No Project
No Practical
No Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

This module has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Second Week 1.50 3
Online Learning (non contact) Non Contact No Description Every Second Week 1.50 3
Independent Study Non Contact No Description Once per semester 4.93 74
Directed Reading Non Contact No Description Once per semester 3.33 50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.27
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Dilyse Nuttall (Editor), Jane Rutt-Howard (Editor). (2015), The Textbook of Non-Medical Prescribing, 2nd. Wiley, UK.
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