Solve your own problems! Peer designed and student led methods for transition through the threshold concepts of pharmacokinetics

Shelby Barnett, Alex Currie, Steven John Tucker

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Abstract

Pharmacokinetics is concerned with understanding what the body does to a drug and is a model-based approach to understanding and predicting dose, metabolism, and excretion of drugs. As a critical, threshold concept in undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacology degree programmes, pharmacokinetics represents a genuine student challenge. As a discipline with its roots in mathematics, the use of equations, graphs and data-modelling moves the student considerably outside their comfort zone, which makes visualisation of the core pharmacological concepts and how they inter-relate difficult for even the most astute. Feedback suggests current teaching approaches are ineffective; students rarely reach an appropriate level of competence and confidence with the subject.
The underpinning rationale focused on designing engaging ways in which students could enhance appreciation of the subject and this was best achieved by employing students with recent experience of the subject area to lead the design i.e. a resource created by students, for students.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event12th Enhancement Themes Conference - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Jun 201511 Jun 2015

Conference

Conference12th Enhancement Themes Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period9/06/1511/06/15

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    Barnett, S., Currie, A., & Tucker, S. J. (2015). Solve your own problems! Peer designed and student led methods for transition through the threshold concepts of pharmacokinetics. Paper presented at 12th Enhancement Themes Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom.