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BIOL8003 - Evidence based practice

Title:Evidence based practice
Long Title:Evidence based practice using herbs/ natural products
Module Code:BIOL8003
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2012/13 ( September 2012 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Description: This module covers a detailed examination of the evidence base for the actions and medicinal indications of herbs and natural products, including information from traditional sources, pharmacological and clinical evidence.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Critically evaluate traditional, pharmacological and clinical evidence in relation to evidence based practice of herbs/ natural products
LO2 Critically discuss the relevant issues in relation to the safe use of herbs/ natural products in a clinical setting
LO3 Critically discuss the use of herbs/ natural products singly and in combination
LO4 Critically discuss from pharmaceutical and clinical evidence concurrent use of drugs and herbs/ natural products
LO5 Evaluate the role of the monograph format and pyramid of evidence within the legal and regulatory framework for herbs/ natural products
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

It is recommented that the student have a background in the medicinal use of herbs and materia medica by body systems or equivalent modules at NFQ level 7
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Case studies
Case studies in relation to the use of specific herbs/ natural products for specific disease/ illness states
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report case study 1,2,3,4,5 40.0 Sem End
Short Answer Questions Herbs and natural products 1,2,3,4 20.0 Week 9
Presentation Herbs/ natural products 1,2,3,4,5 40.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture face-to-face teaching 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed learning 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Grieve, M. 1988, Herbal Medicine, Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd
  • Mills, S and Bone, K 2005, The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety, Elsevier Churchill and Livingstone [ISBN: 0-443-07171-3]
  • ESCOP 2003, ESCOP Monographs, 2 nd Ed., ESCOP [ISBN: 1-901964-07-8]
  • Francis Brinker, ND 2004, Complex Herbs - Complete Medicines, Eclectic Medical Publications [ISBN: 1-888483-12-1]
  • Mathew Wood 2004, The Practice of Traditional Western Herbalism, North Athlantic Books USA
  • British Herbal Medicine Association 2003, A guide to traditional herbal medicines [ISBN: 0903032112]
  • published by the British Herbal Medicine Association; and completely revised by its Scientific Committee 1996, British herbal pharmacopeia 1996, British Herbal Medicine Association [S.l.] [ISBN: 0903032104]
  • Michael Heinrich... [et al.]; foreword, A. Douglas Kinghorn; epilogue, J. David Phillipson; illustrated by Simon Gibbons, Fundamentals of pharmacognosy and phytotherapy [ISBN: 0443071322]
  • Peter Bradley (Editor), British Herbal Compendium: v. 2 [ISBN: 0903032120]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SHERB_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Herbal Science 7 Mandatory

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