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CHEO8001 - Herbal pharmacy

Title:Herbal pharmacy
Long Title:Herbal pharmacy and applications in Biological Systems
Module Code:CHEO8001
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Biotechnology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2012/13 ( September 2012 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Description: This module aims at providing students with skills and knowledge relevant to the production of herbal preparations for therapeutic and healthcare applications.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Critically evaluate issues that could affect the formulation of herbal substances, preparations and products.
LO2 Critically discuss issues pertinent to the production, packaging and storage of herbal substances, preparations and products for over the counter sale.
LO3 Critically evaluate procedures relative to quality and safety issues.
LO4 Critically appraise issues that arise in the preparation of herbal medicinal products and preparations for external use.
LO5 Critically appraise issues that arise in the preparation of herbal medicinal products and preparations for internal use.
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).

pharmacognosy, phytochemistry
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
Review of the history of pharmaceutical science; historical figures of pharmacy/medicine; traditional formulation procedures.
Regulations and guidelines
Production, packaging and storage - biological resources and conservation, agricultural production, preparation and extraction; packaging; storage; standardisation and quality control (quality and safety) - stability, bacterial contamination, toxins, sterile preparations.
Extraction procedures
Principles of production of extracts - aqueous extracts, aqueous-ethanol extracts, glycerol extracts, distillation.
External products
Principle of emulsions and emulsifying agents - creams, ointments, lotions and suspensions, suppositories, plasters, poultices including their role and use in the body.
Internal products
Principles of tablet and capsule preparation, linctuses, syrups; inhalations, gargles/mouth wash including their role and use in the body.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Presentation 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 Sem End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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 Lecture 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent & directed learning 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Problem based sessions 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Heinrich, M. et al 2004, Fundamentals of pharmacognosy and phytotherapy., Churchill Livingstone [ISBN: 0443071322]
  • Pengelly, Andrew 2004, Constituents of medicinal plants : an introduction to the chemistry and therapeutics of herbal medicine., CABI Pub. [ISBN: 0851998070]
  • ESCOP monographs [ISBN: 1901964078]
  • edited by R. M. Baird with S. F. Bloomfield, Microbial quality assurance in cosmetics, toiletries and non-sterile pharmaceuticals [ISBN: 0748404376]
  • 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]
  • [edited by] Simon Mills, Kerry Bone 2005, The essential guide to herbal safety, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone St. Louis, Mo. [ISBN: 0-443-07171-3]
  • Francis Brinker, ND 2004, Complex Herbs - Complete Medicines, Eclectic Medical Publications USA [ISBN: 1-888483-12-1]
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 8 Mandatory

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