Pharmacology CPU Objectives

Activity 1

1-1. Discover some basic terms associated with pharmacology.

1-2. Distinguish between pharmacy and pharmacology and the subdivisions of each field.

1-3. Examine several careers associated with pharmacology.

1-4. Explore the laws and regulations governing pharmacists, pharmacy aides, and pharmacy technicians in your state.

Activity 2

2-1. Review pathogens and disease.

2-2. Investigate the history of pharmacology up to the 20th century.

2-3. Examine discovery medicine.

2-4. Discover several medications discovered over a hundred years ago that are still used today.

2-5. Conduct an experiment to determine the age of aspirin.

2-6. Explore the sections and usage of the PDR.

Activity 3

3-1. Explore the evolution of drug law.

3-2. Extract and synthesize aspirin from willow bark.

3-3. Examine drugs to relieve pain.

3-4. Use the PDR.

Activity 4

4-1. Determine principles of drug administration.

4-2. Explore the benefits of novel drug administration.

4-3. Discover several new and potential methods of administration.

4-4. Use the PDR.   

Activity 5

5-1. Review basic arithmetic necessary for dosage calculations.

5-2. Discover the systems of measurement used in pharmacology and how to convert between systems.

5-3. Discover the formulas commonly used in pharmacology.

5-4. Compute oral dosages of tablets, capsules, and liquid drugs.

5-5. Calculate parenteral doses of drugs.

5-6. Calculate dosages based on weight.

5-7. Convert temperatures between Fahrenheit and Celsius.

5-8. Calculate pediatric dosages.  

Activity 6

6-1. Review Roman numerals.

6-2. Examine common abbreviations used in pharmacology.

6-3. Discover the elements of a prescription and the American Medical Associationís recommendations for prescription writing.

6-4. Determine how safety features are used to avoid fraudulent prescriptions.

6-5. Interpret prescriptions and drug labels.

6-6. Use the PDR.  

Activity 7

7-1. Explore the history, usage, and action of antibiotics.

7-2. Begin an experiment to test antibiotic sensitivity.

7-3. Use the PDR.

Activity 8

8-1. Explore other anti-infective drugs.

8-2. Observe the bacterial growth in the antibiotic sensitivity experiment.

8-3. Measure and record the area of bacterial inhibition around each antibiotic disk (if applicable).

8-4. Use the PDR.  

Activity 9

9-1. Examine antiviral and antifungal drugs.

9-2. Consider the popularity of dietary supplements and their potential effects on prescription medicines.

9-3. Observe the bacterial growth in the antibiotic sensitivity experiment.

9-4. Measure and record the area of bacterial inhibition around each antibiotic disk (if applicable).

9-5. Use the PDR.  

Activity 10

10-1. Examine antiviral and antifungal drugs.

10-2. Consider the popularity of dietary supplements and their potential effects on prescription medicines.

10-3. Observe the bacterial growth in the antibiotic sensitivity experiment.

10-4. Measure and record the area of bacterial inhibition around each antibiotic disk (if applicable).

10-5. Use the PDR.  

Activity 11

11-1. Determine how the FDA evaluates drugs for approval.

11-2. Consider the differences between observational and experimental studies and determine how each is used.

11-3. Investigate clinical trials.

11-4. Examine the different phases of clinical trials and determine what information is gathered during each phase.

11-5. Determine what programs the FDA has implemented to speed new drugs availability to critically ill patients.

11-6. Use the PDR.

Activity 12

12-1. Examine topical drugs.

12-2. Explore otic and opthalmic drugs.

12-3. Use the PDR.

Activity 13

13-1. You will participate in a career shadowing activity the instructor has arranged.

OR

13-2. You will conduct research to identify a problem related to pharmacology that is of immediate importance in your school or community.

Activity 14

14-1. You will participate in a career shadowing activity the instructor has arranged.

OR

14-2. You will develop an action plan to address the community problem identified during the last activity.

In Activity 15, the students will finish any work they have not yet completed. They will complete the CPU by taking the Vocabulary Test and the Post-test, answering the journal question, and turning in any necessary work such as the research journal or presentation.