Enabling students to understand and analyse contemporary issues in science and technology

Activities for Medicines

Here are activities to help with the teaching of this topic.

Ibuprofen?
In this short discussion activity students look at a patient information leaflet on Ibuprofen, a widely used painkiller, and discuss answers to questions about it. It is intended as an introduction to the topic of medicines, to raise issues of effectiveness and side effects. The importance of research, to make sure a drug is both effective and adequately safe, is raised. It may also encourage students to make use of such information in their own health care.
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Lss 50 PixLSS: Listening to a podcast
The advent of the podcast, which can be downloaded onto a computer or portable audio player and listened to at anytime, is revolutionising the way programmes and information are being disseminated. This activity helps students to improve their learning from listening. The technique of note-taking in this activity can be used for any presentation or lecture. Students should be reminded to use it when appropriate. A suggested podcast by Clifford Rosen, from the Maine Center for Osteoporosis, Bangor, US, is available to download from the Royal Society of Chemistry website.
Teacher notes and student sheets (0.8 MB)
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Powerpoint presentation (719 KB)

Clinical trials
This activity illustrates the need for the different features of a clinical trial, using sets of data. Students consider the importance of control groups, randomisation and blinding and compare two trials with different size samples.
Teacher notes and student sheets (398 KB)
Teacher notes and student sheets (68 KB)

Lss 50 PixLSS: Preparing a longer presentation
This activity develops the skills needed to prepare and deliver a formal presentation. The presentations will be delivered and evaluated as part of the activity ‘Evaluating presentations’.
Teacher notes and student sheets (702 KB)
Teacher notes and student sheets (105 KB)
Powerpoint presentation (671 KB)

Home remedies
From the first time we fall over and our parent ‘kisses it better’ we are exposed to the efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, CAM. All families have their own home remedies, some of which are widely used, others may be particular to a certain ethnic group or region of the country. A class discussion on what students and their families use at home provides an interesting introduction to CAM. It will take between 15 and 30 minutes.
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Drug development
In this activity, students review the stages in the development of a new drug, and check their understanding of the reasons for each stage.
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Data from clinical trials - exam style question
This activity has a similar format to many of the AS Science in Society exam questions. It presents data from clinical trials and tests understanding of many of the ideas in this topic.
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Lss 50 PixLSS: Invite an expert
This activity gives students the opportunity to choose, organise and benefit from outside expert speakers. There is an emphasis on treating the speaker courteously.
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Echinacea - Exam style question
This activity is similar to Unit 1 exam questions. It tests understanding of the design of a clinical trial in the context of a widely used alternative medicine.
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