Anatomy and Physiology
This module poses triggers that stimulate students to appreciate the order by which the human body is organised and helps them understand the holistic aspects of the human biological systems. It also gives students a fundamental understanding of how the various systems in the human body function together to maintain a balance. Topics covered in the module include important levels of organisation for structure and function such as cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and the whole human body / organism; anatomical directions such as body sections, body regions and body cavities; systems that are involved in the distribution of food and oxygen namely the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems; and the urinary systems to maintain and regulate body fluids.
Basis of Drug Action
This module covers the basic principles of drug action, which include drug-receptor interactions and dose-response relationships (pharmacodynamics); delivery, absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs (pharmacokinetics). Biologic drug actions, genetic factors, genetic polymorphisms and inter-individual variations that may influence the effects of drugs (pharmacogenomics) will also be discussed. This is a concept driven course that provides an understanding of the mechanisms by which chemical and biologic drugs act in the body.
Dosage Form Design
This module aims to introduce the various types of pharmaceutical dosage forms, the different routes of drug administration and drug delivery systems. The advantages and limitations of various modes of drug delivery will be discussed. Students will be able to relate to the physiological, physical and chemical factors that influence the choice of medication administration route and dosage form design.
This module places an emphasis on the application of legislation in the pharmaceutical industry and allows students to appreciate the importance of medicines regulation. It provides an overview on the regulatory requirements for the distribution, sales and use of medicines in Singapore. Learning outcomes include understanding the application of the Medicines Act, the Poisons Act, the Misuse of Drugs Act, the Health Products Act and the Sale of Drugs Act.
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing project
Students on the Work-Study Programme (WSP) track will be involved in on-the-job training at their place of employment. A project on understanding the industry practices for the sales and marketing of the company product/services will be designed in consultation with the employer. Non-WSP track students will be assigned in-house projects in place of the OJT component.