Course Description - Pre-Professional Year 2 (2nd Sem)

THE PRE-PROFESSIONAL YEAR 2 (SECOND SEMESTER) 

PMED 211 - ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
Course Length: 15 Weeks
Semester: 4 (4 Credits)

Course Description

Anatomy is the science of the structure of the human body, whereas physiology is the science of the functions of the different body systems. Health science students should understand the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body and their clinical significance. This is necessary for understanding of pathology and clinical sciences such as medicine, surgery etc.

This course is designed to provide health science students with an understanding of macroscopic human anatomy and its relationship at the organ level. A strong emphasis is placed on the association between structure and function of different body systems.

 

PMED 212 - PRINCIPLES OF DISEASES
Course Length: 15 Weeks
Semester: 4 (4 Credits)

Course Description

The Principles of Diseases Course introduces health science students to the basic processes involved in host defense and disease causation. It covers the major categories of human diseases and consists of three integrated disciplines: immunology, microbiology and general pathology. Students are expected to learn the scientific basis through which the immune system distinguishes self from non-self, how the immune system protects the host from microbes and foreign substances and the mechanisms of immune mediated diseases. The course also presents concepts of microbiology and cellular injury and adaptation, inflammation as a reparative and disease causing process. In addition, students are expected to learn modern concepts of cancer causation, cancer terminology and morphology as well as the biologic behavior of benign and malignant neoplasms. Tissue and host responses to viral and bacterial agents are presented. Mechanisms of disease causation are illustrated through clinically relevant examples.

The course will be taught through interactive lectures, practical sessions, problem-based small group sessions, and integrated seminars. Understanding the basic principles of diseases is an essential part of a student's journey in a medical school and other health sciences colleges. There will be other future blocks that require that the student understand the principles of diseases.

 

PMED 213 - BASIC PHARMACOLOGY
Course Length: 15 Weeks
Semester: 4 (3 Credits)

Course Description

This is an introductory course emphasizing the general principles of pharmacology to health science students. The course is designed to give a simple overview of the subject to students who have not been exposed to pharmacology before. During this block, certain topics in pharmacology will be covered: general aspects of pharmacology, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic, drug effects on the autonomic and central nervous system, drugs used in renal and cardiovascular systems, drugs influence in inflammation, respiratory tract, gastroenterology, drug effects on the endocrine system and chemotherapy agents.

 

PHBS 211 - PHARMACEUTICAL ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Course Length: 15 Weeks                       

Semester: 4 (2 Credits)

Course Description

This course discusses the organic chemistry concepts that are of relevance to Medicinal Chemistry in particular and other pharmaceutical sciences in general. It focus on selected topics that are essential to comprehend the chemical aspects of drug metabolism, drug-receptor interactions and drug mechanisms of action. The course starts by reviewing functional groups and organic reaction with emphasis on concepts such as acid-base chemistry, resonance and conjugation. The course will discuss in relative details the mechanism of certain organic reaction and tie closely to various aspects of drug metabolism and mechanisms of action of some drug classes such acetylcholine esterase inhibitors and ACE-inhibitors.

 

ETHC 201 - ETHICS & PATIENT SAFETY
Course Length: 15 Weeks
Semester: 4 (2 Credits)

Course Description

Medical ethics has been defined as "the analytical activity in which the concepts, assumptions, beliefs, attitudes, emotions, reasons and arguments underlying medico-moral decision making are examined critically." Medical ethics in the Pre-Professional Program at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences is well-integrated into the multidisciplinary blocks across the different phases of the curriculum. In these sessions, students will acquire knowledge and skills needed to resolve ethical conflicts in health care. The objective is to provide students with an appreciation of ethics in general, teach them the importance of ethics for everyday clinical practice and help them acquire the ability to address the ethical concerns of the patients. Thus, the orientation of undergraduate ethics teaching is towards professional ethics, as opposed to philosophical ethics. By the end of their training, students should be aware of the most important ethical aspects of medical care and be able to understand and manage ethical dilemmas when they occur.

 

EDUC 201 - HEALTH PROFESSIONS EDUCATION
Course Length: 15 Weeks
Semester: 4 (3 Credits)

Course Description

The course will introduce the students to the concepts and principles of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), including the PBL process, working with others, communication, Self-Directed Learning (SDL), E-learning, critical thinking, and skills lab through small group work, lectures, assignments and presentations.

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