PHARMACY 111G : Drugs and Society

Medical and Health Sciences

2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The use of drugs in society including historical perspectives. Selected examples of the use of medicines in disease, recreational drug use and drug misuse, and cultural and ethnic influences on drug use. Differences between conventional and complementary medicines. The role of the pharmaceutical industry in drug discovery, manufacture and promotion. Legal and ethical issues pertaining to access to pharmaceuticals.

Course Overview

The use of drugs has always been a feature of human society, and the basis for such use has been complex and varied. Whether for medicinal, cultural, recreational or spiritual use, all societies demonstrate drug taking behaviour. This course will discuss drugs and their place in human societies, with a particular emphasis on the use of drugs and medicines in contemporary New Zealand. Several topics will be covered within each of five themes revolving around drugs and society.

In 2021 this course will be offered in a blended learning mode to offer students the flexibility of learning online while still being encouraged to participate in face-to-face tutorials where key learning points are discussed and a dialogue around critical thinking is applied.


Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Course Director - Dr Louise Curley l.curley@auckland.ac.nz
Course Coordinator - Dr Kebede Beyene k.beyene@auckland.ac.nz
Course Tutor - Ms Hoda Fahmy 

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the basic principles behind the action of medicines on the body i.e. pharmacology (Capability 1)
  2. Explain the basic concepts of drug safety and optimal use of medicines (Capability 1)
  3. Demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of the use of common alternative and complementary medicines such as herbal and homeopathic remedies (Capability 1 and 2)
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of drug treatment options for common diseases in New Zealand, such as infections, cancer, cardiovascular and mental health disorders (Capability 1)
  5. Develop an awareness of the future for drugs and societies, particularly the issues and developments arising in western societies (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of how research evidence is used as the basis for the use of drugs in society (Capability 1, 2 and 6)

Assessments

Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Five MCQ Quizzes 20% Individual Test
Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Five MCQ Quizzes
Essay
Final Exam

A grade of at least 50% is needed to pass the course. Additionally, both the essay and the final exam should be completed to pass the course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 26 hours of lectures, 7 x one hour tutorials, 117 hours of reading and thinking about the content and also time to work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

In 2022 this course will be offered in a blended learning mode to offer students the flexibility of learning in person or online while still being encouraged to participate in face-to-face tutorials where key learning points are discussed and a dialogue around critical thinking is applied.

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including tutorials

Attendance on campus is not required for the MCQ tests

Attendance on campus is required for the final exam

Lectures and other learning activities (such as tutorials) will be available as recordings

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

No required text; Additional course readings will be supplied 

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.
Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.
Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Other Information

Queries
If you have any queries or questions, please contact the course tutor/coordinator. The tutor/coordinator’s office is at the Pharmacy School in Grafton. Often email contact is best.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s words or ideas without proper recognition of where those ideas come from. Always acknowledge all your sources, including internet, newspaper or journal articles. Reference and you will avoid plagiarism.
The University website and the Student Learning Centre have plenty of information on avoiding plagiarism.
Check out:
http://www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/about/teaching/plagiarism/plagiarism.cfm
For referencing tips and advice: http://www.cite.auckland.ac.nz/

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.

Disclaimer

Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 15/11/2021 10:46 a.m.