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B.Pharm Course Description

General Education (GE)10
Mathematics and Statistics3+0
The course will introduce basic mathematical concepts and calculations which are required for the subsequent studies of pharmaceutical and clinical calculations.
English Language and Study Skills3+0
This course is designed to enable the students to achieve oral and written communication skills. The course integrates the language skills with emphasis on writing, and it stimulates students’ imagination, and promotes self-expression. Students in this course are trained to apply critical thinking skills to a wide range of challenging subjects from diverse range of topics focusing on healthcare related issues. Course activities include writing various types of academic genre, acquiring vocabulary, and getting involved in group discussions and debates. The course is taught paying attention to small groups. Students, in this course, are assessed by using diverse tools, such as presentations, assignments and exams.
Islamic Studies2+0
The aim of this Islamic studies course is to give the students a comprehensive understanding of the main two sources of Islamic Legislation: Holy Qur’an and sunnah (prophet Mohamed Hadith). This course deals with definition of the Holy Qur’an with an explanation of selected Qur’anic verses, the definition of Sunnah with an explanation of selected Prophet’s sayings (Hadith), study sections of the biography of the prophet (PBUH), and the definition of schools of jurisprudence and the reasons for their differences, with an indication of the most important sources and references of Islamic studies.
General Psychology2+0
The aim of this course is to provide the students with the knowledge of the basic fundamentals in Psychology. The content of each session is driven by a set of student-centered learning objectives and targeted feedback.
Computer Applications2+0
The aim of this Islamic studies course is to give the students a comprehensive understanding of the main two sources of Islamic Legislation: Holy Qur’an and sunnah (prophet Mohamed Hadith). This course deals with definition of the Holy Qur’an with an explanation of selected Qur’anic verses, the definition of Sunnah with an explanation of selected Prophet’s sayings (Hadith), study sections of the biography of the prophet (PBUH), and the definition of schools of jurisprudence and the reasons for their differences, with an indication of the most important sources and references of Islamic studies.
General Education/ Clinical Sciences (GE/CS)2
Research Methodolgy & Biostatistics2+0
This is an intensive introductory course to understand the basic concepts of pharmaceutical, clinical research & statistical methods used in applied research. This helps the students in getting acquainted with different research strategies and identifying potential research plans that will help them in their future research projects. This course help the students to develop the writing skills of research proposal, reports, thesis & articles in international standards. The course familiarize the students with the use of a statistical package and give them the skills needed for effective data management, data manipulation, a data analysis at a basic level. The course will develop basic skills in the use of a statistical package through classroom demonstrations and independent lab
Basic Science (BS)10
Organic Chemistry- I3+0
This course describes the basics of organic chemistry as atomic structure, orbital theory, hybridization, bond characteristics and chemical bonding. This course also describes the role of electronegativity on the polarity of chemical bonding, resonance effect, isomerism, and nomenclature of organic compounds.
Organic Chemistry- II3+1
This course describes the structural configuration, physical properties, preparation methods, and chemical reactions/reaction mechanism of aliphatic, aromatic hydrocarbon, substituted hydrocarbons, polynuclear hydrocarbons, esters, ethers, thioethers, alcohols, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, ketones, amines, diazonium salts and heterocyclic compounds.  Laboratories include identification of functional groups of different organic molecules and preparation of few selected organic compounds.
Analytical Chemistry2+1
This course describes the classical analytical chemistry techniques. Topics covered in this course include the statistical evaluation of data, stoichiometry, gravimetric and titrimetric methods of analysis, acid-base chemistry involves in titration, complexation titration, and redox titration.  Laboratory includes practical examples of the methods covered in this course.
Basic Biomedical Sciences (BBS)17
Anatomy and Physiology- I3+1
The course offers a comprehensive knowledge of the structure and function of the human cell, integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. The information offered by the course forms the foundations for further understanding of pharmacology, pathology, pathophysiology, and medicine. It gives the student an opportunity to develop into an independent learner and researcher.
Anatomy and Physiology- II3+1
The course offer a comprehensive knowledge of the structure and function of the digestive, blood, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal system, endocrine and reproductive systems. The information offered by the course forms the foundations for further understanding of pharmacology, pathology, pathophysiology, and medicine. It gives the student an opportunity to develop into an independent learner and researcher.
Medical Terminology1+0
Medical terminology is the study of the principles of medical word building to help the student develop the extensive medical vocabulary used in health care occupations. Students receive a thorough grounding in basic medical terminology through a study of root words, prefixes and suffixes. The study focuses on correct pronunciation, spelling, abbreviations and use of medical terms.
The course provides the Pharmacy students with the knowledge to understand the basic mechanisms of life, acid base balance, structure- function relationship and clinical correlation of different biomolecules including carbohydrate, lipids, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, hemoglobin and fibrous proteins and ultimately energy production through oxidative phosphorylation reactions in mitochondrial electron transport chain.
The course provides the students with the basic knowledge and conceptual understanding of the pathology of various diseases. Thus the student will be familiar with the names, classification, pathogenesis and pathological changes in the various body tissues in different diseases.
Basic Genetics2+0
This course is designed to provide the students with an understanding of basic concepts of genetics which includes the chromosomal basis of heredity, Nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), replication and repair mechanisms of DNA, genes, gene families, gene frequencies gene expression, regulation and gene mutations. Also, the students will be aware of single gene and multifactorial inheritance and the treatment of genetic diseases. This course will provide solid foundation needed to be successful in the subsequent courses within the program
Pharmaceutical Sciences / Clinical Sciences (PS/CS)17
Pharmacology and Therapeutics- I4+1
The course provides knowledge of basic principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of medications and their therapeutic application. An in-depth discussion of concepts of importance in pharmacology is emphasized. The principles of the autonomic nervous system and drugs acting on it are discussed. Autacoids and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs & Corticosteroids) are also covered. Drugs used in respiratory disorders are also covered and management of bronchial asthma and COPD is approached from a therapeutic perspective.
Pharmacology and Therapeutics- II3+1
The course deals with the principles of the common cardiovascular diseases describing the causes of hypertension, the major determinants which control coronary blood flow, and the etiology of heart failure. This course is continued with the clinical characteristics (mechanism of action, benefits, adverse effects, interactions, and contraindications) of beta blockers, diuretics, vasodilators, calcium channel blockers, nitrates, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, cardiac glycosides and antiarrhythmics. In addition, the course provides the clinical characteristics of peptic ulcer and inflammatory bowel disease. Finally, the pharmacologic benefits of medications in each disease, the management guidelines, treatment algorithms, and patient educations of the studied disorders are fully covered.
Pharmacology and Therapeutics- III3+1
This course is designed to provide students with broad understanding of central nervous system pharmacology in addition to the pharmacology, pathophysiology, clinical pharmacokinetic and pharmacotherapy in major areas of endocrinology with special emphasis on the diabetes mellitus, thyroid disorders and osteoporosis. The course includes practical classes using case-based approaches related to the topics of this course.
Pharmacology and Therapeutics- IV3+1
This course is designed to provide students with integrated knowledge of basic pharmacology of various classes of antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents. Focus is emphasized on main indication of each antimicrobial, its significant adverse effect and precautions to avoid drug resistance. Furthermore, the course covers the management of selected infectious diseases based on evidence-based guidelines including lower respiratory tract, urinary tract, CNS, invasive fungal infections as well as HIV.
Pharmaceutical Sciences (PS)54
Physical Pharmacy3+1
The course provides the basic understanding of physicochemical principles of dispersion systems (molecular, colloidal and coarse dispersions) such as pH, rheology, surface and interfacial phenomena. Furthermore chemical stability of drugs and drugs solubility, dissolution and are also discussed.
Natural Products- I3+1
Natural products is a specific discipline taught only at pharmaceutical faculties deals with the versatile studies of drugs and auxiliary substances of biological origin (plant and animal products) used in human and veterinary medicine.
Pharmaceutics I3+0
This course provides an introductory knowledge in pharmaceutical dosage forms especially liquids (syrups, elixirs and solutions). It also describes the routes of drug administration, drug delivery systems, excipients and pharmaceutical preparations. In addition, students will study the basics in drug dose calculation and other pharmaceutical calculations required in the compounding of prescriptions, powders reconstitution and dispensing of medications.
Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry- I4+0
Medicinal chemistry is the application of chemistry in the context of human medicine. This course describes the physiochemical, stereo-chemical aspects of drug action and biotransformation chemical reactions of phase I and phase II. This course also describes the chemistry and structure activity relationship of several classes of drugs that affecting cardiovascular system (cardiac glycosides, antiagnial, antiarrythmic and antilipidemic agents, anticoagulants, antiplatelets, and diuretics), cholinergic, adrenergic neurotransmission, and stimulating central nervous system. In this course student will gain knowledge about how the structure of a drug relates to its biological activity and metabolism. Students will also gain knowledge about drug designing and synthesis of different classes of medicinal agents.
Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry- II3+1
This course describes the medicinal chemistry of centrally acting drugs that includes opiate analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents analgesic-antipyretics, sedatives-hypnotics, antiepileptics, general anesthetics, psychotherapeutic drugs, antiparkinsonian and skeletal muscle relaxant. It also describes the drugs that affect neuronal transmission as local anesthetics. In this course student will gain knowledge about how the structure of a drug relates to its physicochemical properties, pharmacological activity and metabolism. Students will also gain knowledge and skills about drug designing, synthesis and analysis of different classes of medicinal agents.
Natural Products- II3+0
Natural Products II course provides the students information about the morphological and the histological characters of the fruits, barks, wood, marine plants and animals, their bioactive metabolites and their therapeutic uses. It also provides the students international guidelines for assessing the quality of natural products according to WHO and the scientific progress in the field of biosynthesis and tissue culture for the production of secondary metabolites of medicinal importance. It demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge and clear understanding of the different sources of natural drugs and the methods of their conservation and production.
Phytochemistry course introduces the pharmacy students to the concept of the drugs derived from natural resources according to their biosynthetic origin as well to impart an understanding of natural product structures and the way they are put together in living organisms. The student should be aware with different methods of extraction, Isolation/identification as well as with the biological activities of the plant constituents of the acetate-malonate and shikimic acid pathways and the drugs containing these constituents. Therapeutic and toxicological activities of the secondary metabolites are also discussed in this course.
Pharmaceutics- II2+1
This course is centered on imparting an understanding of the types and characteristics of conventional solid (powders, tablets & capsules), liquid (suspension & emulsion) and semisolids (ointment, cream, paste, gel & suppositories) pharmaceutical dosage forms in details. It encompasses, definition, types, preparation, additives, vehicles, problems encounter preparation, and factors affecting stability; storage, packaging and specific quality control tests of each.  This course also provides extensive practical exposure which enables the students to acquire technical, calculation, communication & dispensing skills. In addition of developing professional attitudes such as team work & values.
Microbiology is an exciting discipline with far-reaching impacts in human health and disease. This course focuses on the principles of microbiology and includes the Structure, Morphology cultural characteristics, physiology and identification of some important pathogenic bacteria, virus and fungi. Also, the student will be aware of the mechanism of action of antibiotics, drug resistance and antibiotic susceptibility testing.  The course also discusses various issues related to Sterilization, Sterility testing, Microbial spoilage & preservation of pharmaceutical products. Laboratory focuses on the Fundamental microbiological techniques.
Pharmaceutics- III2+1
The course is designed to extend the knowledge of the design and formulation of advanced pharmaceutical dosage forms including sterile dosage forms (parenteral, ophthalmic), oral sustained and controlled-release systems, & new drug delivery systems (The course also will focus on the application of the physicochemical properties of drugs and excipients in dosage form design, drug formulation, product stability and drug delivery systems. This course also provides extensive practical exposure which enables the students to acquire skills (technical, calculation, communication) attitudes & values such as punctuality & honesty.
Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry –III3+0
This course describes the medicinal chemistry of antibiotic and antimicrobial agents, antifungal, antiviral and antineoplastic agents. It also describes the drugs affecting immune system as antihistamines and antiulcer agents, endocrine system as insulin and oral hypoglycemic drugs, steroid hormones and therapeutically related drugs (corticosteroids, sex hormones) and thyroid drugs. In this course student will gain knowledge about the development of lead compound and how the structure of a drug relates to its physicochemical-pharmacokinetic properties, biological activity and pharmacological-clinical uses.
Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics3+1
The major focus in Biopharmaceutics will be concentrated on the various in vitro and in vivo factors that can affect drug performance in the body during the processes of liberation, absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion with the purpose of evaluation of drug delivery systems, and the therapeutic management of patients. The pharmacokinetics section of the course provides a conceptual and quantitative background in pharmacokinetic theory and applications needed to pursue advanced studies in clinical pharmacokinetics.
Pharmaceutical Analysis3+1
This course is an introduction to modern instrumental methods of chemical analysis. It describes the theory of operation, instrument design and methodology, and applications of spectroscopic techniques of UV/VIS, Fluorescence, FTIR, AAS, MS, and NMR, and chromatographic methods that includes gas and liquid chromatography. Laboratory includes practical examples of the methods covered in lecture.
Pharmaceutical Technology3+1
This course designed to train students in various aspects of pharmaceutical industry and to provide a proper understanding in pharmaceutical pre-formulation studies, basic industrial processes (milling, mixing, drying, filtration and granulation), products packaging and good manufacturing practices in drugs manufacturing. In addition, the course stresses upon the technology of some advanced pharmaceutical dosage forms including transdermal patches and microencapsulation.
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology3+0
This course provides a balanced and comprehensive knowledge of the basic as well as applied aspects related torecombinant DNA technology, hybridoma technology and fermentation technology in pharmaceutical   sciences, the use of hybridoma technology to produce monoclonal antibodies as potential antitumor agents, and the use of recombinant DNA technology to produce several drugs such as insulin, human growth hormone, hepatitis B vaccine, tissue plasminogen activator. Also, the student will be aware of characteristics of different types of Biotechnology Based Pharmaceuticals(Nucleic Acid Based Pharmaceuticals and Protein Based Pharmaceuticals) and delivery considerations, purification and stability of biotechnological drugs.
Clinical Sciences (CS)32
Clinical Biochemistry2+1
The course provides to the pharmacy students the knowledge and advance understanding of the metabolic pathways of different biomolecules and related clinical correlations in addition to integration of metabolic reactions in different human tissues and different physiological and pathological conditions. At the end of this course the students can able to analysis the medical report.
The aim of this course is to provide the students an understanding of immune system, familiarize them the important theories of immunology and the different types of failures of immune system. Also, the students should be aware with different types of immunoglobulins and immunogens and their functions, immunohematology and immune therapy which is a rapidly evolving area that will emphasize Biotherapeutics, Immune stimulants, Immune suppressants and Monoclonal antibodies.
Applied  Pharmacokinetics2+0
The course deals with the concepts of clinical pharmacokinetics of certain drugs and calculation of doses of drugs during organ impairment and transplant clinical pharmacokinetics and therapeutic drug monitoring, drug administration, alteration of dosage form and doses based on individualization and population data, approach to therapeutic drug monitoring, case study of drugs requiring therapeutic monitoring.
Pharmacy Practice3+1
This course introduces students to various aspects of pharmacy practice. It covers the knowledge of minor diseases that can be managed by the pharmacist concerning etiology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, management and counseling. Moreover, the student will learn the different types of over-the-counter (OTC) medications used for a variety of medical cases, such as respiratory and GIT systems, skin and dental care, ears, eyes, nose and throat (ENT) problems, as well as pain management. Further areas of learning are women’s health, children’s care, and smoking cessation. This course will also provide the student with professional communication skills needed to deal with patients in the hospital and community pharmacy settings during an OTC therapeutic dialogue.
Pharmaceutical Management2+0
The aim of this course is to provide the students with the principles of management related to pharmacy practice. During this course, students are exposed to various management principles which enable them to efficiently manage pharmacy store.
Hospital Pharmacy2+0
The aim of this course is to provide the students with the knowledge of the principles of pharmacy practice in a hospital setting. It aims to enable students to gain knowledge to practice in various areas of hospital pharmacy including: understanding the basic layout of the pharmacy department in a hospital setting; understanding the roles of the pharmacist in hospital practice including the distribution of medications, medication compounding, collaboration as a member of the healthcare team. Furthermore, students will gain knowledge on identifying and reporting any possible drug interactions and mastering the administrative part of hospital pharmacy services including drug distribution control system & Unit Dose Systems. This course will also provide the students with knowledge on Hospital Formulary and extemporaneous preparations and calculations.
Professional Skills in Practice2+2
The aim of this course is to provide the students with the knowledge of the various health care providers, rapidly evolving types of healthcare delivery systems, and complexities of relationships among the various health care professionals working within the health care system. Students should be aware of the basic clinical skills required by pharmacists to get the insight they need to cultivate informed, compassionate and effective patient care.
Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Care3+1
This course provides the knowledge and experience that enables the students to understand and describe clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical care practice aspects. The aim of this course is to provide the students with the skills of treatment assessment, care plan developing and follow up evaluation. Also, the student will be provide with the skills of identifying different types of patients drug related needs, different types of drug related problems and taking decision with ethical considerations in the practice of clinical pharmacy.
The goal of the course is to give students an understanding of the principles of human genetics and genomics as they apply to improving the problems in drug therapy optimization and patient care, thus providing basic understanding of discipline of pharmacogenomics. The genetic basis of variability in drug response can contribute to drug efficacy and toxicity, adverse drug reactions and drug-drug interaction. As such, pharmacists need a thorough understanding of the genetic component of patient variability to deliver effective individualized pharmaceutical care.
Clinical Toxicology2+0
The course is intended to empower students with basic knowledge of Toxicology. The major focus of the course is on principles, mechanisms, and common approaches for the management of poisoned patients. Selected topics are covered in this course that includes occupational, heavy metals and drug toxicities. Students will gain knowledge of how selected chemicals/drugs exert toxic effects, present and managed clinically.
Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacovigilance3+0
This course is equip with a basic understanding of the concepts and practice of pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance in areas related to the assessment of drug safety and risk-benefit of drug use. This course will meet the needs of a wide variety of practitioners. This course covers the basic principles of epidemiological study designs.  The process of drug development and limitation to the clinical trials are discussed in this course. The status of Pharmacovigilance System in the UAE is correspondingly discussed with the principles of pharmacovigilance. This course also introduces the students to the principles and techniques of pharmacoeconomics and health outcome evaluation.
Pharmacy Laws and Drug Regulations1+0
The course covers various policies, laws & regulations related to pharmacy practice and pharmacy professionals dealing with licensing, pharmacy operations, controlled substances, and operations in institutions. Brief overview of the legal system including nature and sources of UAE laws on practicing pharmaceutical profession and trading in a medicine profession.
Integrated Problem Based Learning1+0
The course is clinically oriented to emphasize the pharmacotherapy in patient care. The students discuss different scenarios of patient cases where medical history, symptoms, clinical presentation and laboratory values are stated. The students are directed to raise the objectives of their study in order first to assess the possible drug-related problems, second to suggest possible solutions of these problems and finally to evaluate these solutions based on clinical evidence. This course will enhance the students’ oral and written communication skills, and their abilities to extract information from medical records, search, sort, critically think and analyze drug-related information.
Calculations in Practice0
The aim of this course is to provide clear instructions of calculations to pharmacy students with thorough revision, and enabling them to perform flawless calculations accurately which develops confidence in them. Since pharmacist use calculations regularly in their practice, it is vital that they are able to employ calculation skills precisely so as not to compromise patient safety. Therefore the students  should get a mandatory pass in this course before getting graduation
Students Graduation Project (GP)6
In the final phase of their studies, students have to present a project based on all round knowledge they have acquired in different areas of pharmaceutical sciences. The presented project is evaluated and the students are assessed for their knowledge by a panel of internal and external examiners.
Professional Practice Experience (PPE)12
Introductory Professional Practice Experience (PPE-I)0
PPE001: Introductory Professional Practice Experience in Community for 200 hours during summer vacations in third year of BPharm.
Industrial Professional Practice Experience (PPE-II)0
PPE002: Professional Practice Experience in Pharmaceutical Industry for 100 hours during fourth year of BPharm.
Advanced Professional Practice Experience (PPE-III)12
PPE003: Professional Practice Experience in Hospitals for 600 hours during fourth year of BPharm.
EC 711 Islamic Culture and ScienceCredit Hours: 2
This course covers comprehensive concept of Islamic culture, resources, and its characteristics compared to other cultures.  It shows how traditions, believes, thoughts and faith can frame people lives.  Islamic culture source from divine teachings calling for honorable manners, good tidings & pure, peaceful Islamic community,   commanding Muslims differentiate between permissible and prohibited. In addition to that, the course focus on the Basic Concepts of Islam & Science, contributions of Muslims in the development of science, ancient civilization ( AD & Thamoud) & Islamic civilization. In addition, the course develops reflection ability aiming to increase students’ faith by revealing some phenomena mentioned in the holy qur'an that are supported by man-made theories and observations & advanced technology, in the fields of physiology, chemistry, biology, botany etc.
EC 712 Organizational Behavior and Cultural DiversityCredit Hours: 2
This course exposes students to behavioral science theories and applications in management. Organizational behavior is an interdisciplinary field drawing from numerous disciplines including psychology, sociology, economics, organization theoryand many others. Organization behavior helps the student to learn the value-added of "soft" management interventions. Understand and articulate how culture, society, and diversity shape the role of the individual within society and human relations across cultures.
EC 713 Basic Aspects of Social SciencesCredit Hours: 2
This course examines the perspectives and methods of sociology and analyzes human interactions in contemporary society. The development of sociology, culture, social structure, socialization, and social groups will be studied.
EC 714 Entrepreneurship and InnovationCredit Hours: 2
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the nature of enterprise and entrepreneurship and introduces the role of the entrepreneur, innovation and technology in the entrepreneurial process. It is not about small business or life style businesses but instead the development of growth oriented businesses - whether for-profit or not-for-profit. Entrepreneurship is both a way of thinking and of doing.
EC 721 Nutrition and HealthCredit Hours: 2
Nutrition and Health course provides the pharmacy students basics of nutrition by discussing the nutrients, their function in the human body and their sources in the diet. This course gives the students an understanding of the causes behind health issue related to nutrition. The course makes the students aware about what to eat and how to choose healthy foods. The course also makes the students to solve nutrition-related problems and make healthy food and nutrition decisions.
EC 722 Alternative and Complimentary MedicineCredit Hours: 2
Alternative and Complementary Medicines course provides the students a broad range of complementary therapies and how these can be utilized to enhance health. The students will be able to locate and evaluate credible information about complementary therapies and wellness. This course also covers the treatment of different diseases by herbal therapy, dietary health supplements, aromatherapy, relaxation therapy, minerals and vitamins supply, acupressure, ayurvedic medicine therapy, homeopathy and hydrotherapy
EC 723 Fundamental of Cosmetic ScienceCredit Hours: 2
This course is extensive integration of pharmaceutical basic s with clinical applied science. This will enable Students to emerge from this course with knowledge of cosmetic products regarding skin nature as well as formulations, indications and unwanted effects, safety, action, uses & ingredients , vehicles,  used in cosmetics & dentifrices   products . This information is of particular interest for conveying proper counseling to consumers looking for Pharmacist’s consultation in pharmacy practice. In addition to information regarding actions, safety & different cosmetic preparations, method of production, organoleptic properties, stability & evaluation tests allow them to be as a drug expert in the field of industrial pharmacy for manufacture of these products.
EC 731 Nuclear PharmacyCredit Hours: 2
Nuclear pharmacy is a specialty area of pharmacy practice dedicated to the compounding and dispensing of radioactive materials for use in nuclear medicine procedures. This course covers basic concepts involved with radioactivity, different types of radiations, radiation dose, nuclear medicines, and diagnostic & therapeutic applications of nuclear medicines.