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Update in Vascular Assessment Released : 01 / 03 / 2008
This course looks at the structure and function of the vascular system
in the lower limb, together with the process and interpretation of
Embryological Development of the Lower Limb Released : 15 / 04 / 2008
This course follows the development of the lower limb in the fetus from
approximately week three, looking at the origins of the limbs, the
neurological supply, and the vascular supply. It also looks briefly at a
number of congenital anomalies occurring in the lower limb.
Basic Pharmacokinetics and Dynamics Released : 16 / 05 / 2008
In this course you will learn the basics on how drugs enter the body,
how they bring about their effects, and the mechanisms by which the
body deals with the drug. It will cover drug transport, receptor activity,
drug metabolism, and drug excretion. Some knowledge of basic
physiology would be useful for this course, but is not essential.
Skeletal Muscle — Structure and Function Released : 29 / 05 / 2008
Cardiac & Smooth Muscle — Structure and Function Released : 30 / 6 / 2008
Cardio-vascular Drugs and their Actions. Released : 01 / 07 / 2008
Basic Microbiology. Released 01 / 08 / 2008
Infection Control. Released 04 / 09 / 2008
Antimicrobial Drugs 2 : Anti-fungals and Anti-virals. Released 01 / 10 / 2008
Antimicrobial Drugs 1 : Anti-biotics. Released 04 / 09 / 2008
Musculo-skeletal Mechanics Released 04 / 11 / 2008
Haematology Released 01 / 12/ 08
This course looks at the structure of skeletal muscle, relating this to
how muscle contraction occurs. The role of the motor unit is discussed,
together with the actual mechanism of contraction. Muscle structure in
relation to contraction type and speed is also discussed.
This course builds on the knowledge gained in the skeletal muscle course,
and applies that knowledge to the structure and function of cardiac and
smooth muscle, highlighting the similarities and differences between the
different tissue types. It is a useful starting point in gaining an
understanding of cardiac function, and also in understanding the action
of drugs in managing cardio-vascular disease.
This course is the successor to the basic pharmacokinetics and dynamics
course, building on previous knowledge. It looks at different types of drug
therapy used to manage aspects of cardio-vascular disease, discussing the
mechanism of action of the drug types, as well as application and adverse
effects. It’s an excellent ‘next step’ in increasing your understanding of
clinical pharmacology. Completion of the courses relating to muscle
structure and function will also enhance your understanding of this course.
This course will provide a thorough understanding of basic microbiology
relating to bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It will look at replication and
transmission of these micro-organisms, as well as some of the more common
problems associated with them. The course will be an excellent base on
which to build your understanding of the challenges of infection control.
This course builds on what was learned from the Basic Microbiology course,
and looks at the reasons behind why control of infection is important.
It looks at the range of techniques used in health care, and particularly
those use in the clinical setting.
This course pulls together information from the Basic Pharmacokinetics
course, the Basic Microbiology course, and the Infection control course.
It is the first in a series of courses looking at drugs used to manage infection
by micro-organisms, and specifically focuses on anti-biotic drugs - their
types, mechanism of action, applications, and the problems of anti-biotic
resistance. This is a useful course for all practitioners, and also has the
depth to serve as good revision for those holding prescribing certificates.
The second in the series relating to antimicrobial drugs, this course
focuses on anti-fungal and anti-viral drugs, following the same format as
the earlier course. Together the two courses will provide a good
understanding of the role of antimicrobial drugs in managing infection.
In this back-to-basics course, the function of skeletal muscle is examined in
relation to how muscle groups work together; types of muscle contraction;
principles of leverage; passive and active insufficiency; and core stability.
For those who already have an interest in biomechanics, and those who want
to de-mystify the whole subject of human movement, this course provides a
good basic understanding of the mechanical principles of muscle function.
Completion of the course on Skeletal Muscle structure and function is a useful,
but not essential, activity which supports this course.
This course looks at the structure of blood, it’s function, and it’s role in
homeostasis. The course will also examine the normal parameters of blood,
particularly in relation to the more commonly-performed haematological
tests, together their results. A number of haematological disorders will
also be discussed. The completion of the workbook correctly makes this
course quite challenging, therefore you can adapt your use of the workbook
to suit your level of understanding of this topic.