Pharmacotherapy IV - 7301502
Course Title
Pharmacotherapy IV
Course Number
Instructor Name
Samah Al-Jabi
Contact Information
[email protected]
Semester(s) and academic year(s)
First Semester 2020
Compulsory / Elective
Course Description

This course provide a framework for the therapeutic management of a number of diseases including neurologic and psychiatric diseases, women’s health and dermatological conditions.

Course Objectives

With a thorough background established in pathophysiology, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and other courses in the curriculum, the goal of this course is to prepare students to develop rational drug therapy plans for patients, identify conditions for monitoring pharmacotherapy in patients, and identify conditions that require referral.

Intended learning Outcomes and Competences

The student should be able to:


a. Knowledge and Understanding:

a.1. Recognize symptoms, pathophysiology, laboratory tests, physical examination, diagnosis, and prognosis of diseases

a.2.  Describe the clinical management of various diseases

a.3. Identify drug-related problems such as drug side effects, interactions, and contraindication

a.4. Recognize the desired outcomes of drug therapy of selected diseases.

a.5. Clarify the relationship between rational therapy of selected diseases to the pathophysiology of these diseases and the mechanism(s) of action of drugs used to treat these diseases.


b. Intellectual Skills

b.1. Design appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic plans for selected diseases.

b.2. Compare between rational and irrational drug therapy for selected diseases

b.3. Design plans for monitoring drug efficacy, adverse effects, compliance and drug interactions

b.4. Analyze relevant information for clinical case notes and assess problems in therapeutic management of patients


c. Professional and Practical Skills

c.1. Evaluate and solve drug-related and patient-related problems

c.2. Design Monitoring plan for drug regimen therapeutic outcomes

c3. Apply learned information in providing appropriate patient counseling


d. General and Transferable Skills

d.1. Search internet database for new updates in treatment guidelines

d.2. Write and give oral presentations

d.3. Work coherently and successfully as a part of a team

d.4. Appreciate team work in seminar

Textbook and References


Barbara Wells, Joseph DiPiro, Terry Schwinghammer, Cecily DiPiro. Pharmacotherapy Handbook. 10th edition, 2017. McGraw-Hill Medical.


Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, Lloyd Yee Young, Wayne Kradjan, Joseph Guglielmo, Brian Alldredge, Robin Corelli, Bradley Williams. Applied Therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs. 10 th edition, 2013. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.



Joseph DiPiro, Robert Talbert, Gary Yee, Gary Matzke, Barbara Wells, Michael Posey. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. 10 th edition, 2017. McGraw-Hill Medical.


Roger Walker, Cate Whittlesea. Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics. 5 th edition, 2011. Churchill Livingstone.


Charles Lacy, Lora Armstrong, Morton Goldman. Drug Information Handbook. 20th edition, 2011. Lexi-Comp.


New treatment guidelines and article reviews



Assessment Criteria
Activity Percent (%)
First-hour exam 20%
Second-hour exam 20%
Report and seminar presentation 10%
Final exam 50%