Principles of Human Disease & Pharmacotherapy 3 (PHDP) NURSING3064

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides an opportunity to develop existing knowledge gained through the study of biomedical life sciences in Years 1 and 2; to develop knowledge on human disease and pathology providing a comprehensive understanding of disease processes within adults. It includes pathology and pharmacology components that are integral to the systematic study of disease focusing on the clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. The course is studied in conjunction with Advancing Knowledge for Contemporary Nursing Practice.


Weekly Sessions

Requirements of Entry

To enter Year 3 of the BN (Hons) programme, students must have achieved a minimum of Grade D for all components of summative assessment including practice learning and achieved all the NMC platforms and proficiencies required for Year 2.

Excluded Courses



Semester 2

100% weighting, written examination (ILOs 1, 2, 3 & 4).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To build on current knowledge and understanding of disease processes. To discuss the implications of the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of pathophysiological processes underlying a range of clinical conditions, illnesses, and disease in adults.

2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of pathophysiological processes to explain risk factors, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, and management of disease/illnesses/conditions.

3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how diseases/illnesses/conditions are diagnosed, with reference to the physiological basis for clinical observations, tests, and advanced clinical assessment.

4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms of action underlying basic pharmacological therapies and other appropriate clinical interventions used in the management of clinical conditions, illnesses, and disease.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

A minimum of a Grade D in all components of summative assessment.

For all components of assessments and degree examinations, 100% submission of all assessments is normally required.