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MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION PAPERS: POLICY AND STYLE OF QUESTIONS Time limit and number of questions

MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION PAPERS:

POLICY AND STYLE OF QUESTIONS

Time limit and number of questions per MCQ assessment All modules (other than Pharmacy Practice 2, 3 and 4 - see individual module convenors for details) will consist of 40 MCQs to be completed in a time period of 45 minutes.

Styles and mix of questions A total of 4 styles of MCQ are used, namely:

Style I simple style, one correct answer from 4 or 5 options Style II - list of 4 or 5 answers to choose from, answers may be used more than once Style III - 3 statements and identify which combination is/are true Style IV - assertive/reasoning style

The differing styles will be introduced to papers at various stages as indicated below;

MSOP policy for mix of MCQ styles for 2010-11 academic session

Stage 1

75% of questions in style 1 plus 25% in style II (only 4 possible answers for this stage only)

Stage 2

50% in Style 1 with 5 choices, 25% in style II plus 25% in style III

Stage 3

50% style I, 20% style II, 20% style III and 10% style IV (with open book in PP3)

Stage 4

As above with open book used in PP4

Extent of material covered in each MCQ In general the subjects covered in each MCQ will relate to material taught in that term (there are exceptions). The Module Convenors are responsible for advising the teaching period to be covered by each mcq assessment and relevant teaching cut off date eg whether term 2 mcq will cover material taught in term 2 only or both terms and the last teaching session that will be included eg can work taught in the week prior to interim assessments also be included.

Examples of all MCQ styles taken from Open Book Pharmacy Calculations Section I- used for

Examples of all MCQ styles taken from Open Book Pharmacy Calculations

Section I- used for all stages Select the most appropriate answer for each of the following questions or incomplete statements.

Q1. Niferex Elixir is given to a premature infant at a dose of 1 drop per 450g body weight 3 times daily. The infant weighs 1.8Kg. What is the daily dose of ferrous iron received by the infant?

A. 1.35 mg

B. 2 mg

C. 6 mg

D. 4.0 mg

E. 5.4 mg

Section II used for all stages For each question select the appropriate lettered option. The letter options within a group of questions may be used once, more than once, or not used.

Questions 7, 8 and 9 concern the following doses:

A. 15 mg twice daily

B. 30 mg once daily

C. 30 mg twice daily

D. 60 mg twice daily

E. 75 mg twice daily

Select from A to E above:

Q7.

The most appropriate treatment dose of Oseltamivir for a 12 year old child who weighs 45 kg?

Section III used from stage 2 onwards Three responses accompany each question. Choose as your answer, from A to E, which of the following is appropriate. A: 1, 2 and 3 are correct B: 1 and 2 correct only C: 2 and 3 correct only D: 1 correct only E: 3 correct only

Q13. Which of the following would be considered to be an equivalent dose to 90 mg of morphine sulphate oral solution every 4 hours. 1. 180 mg diamorphine hydrochloride subcutaneously every 24 hours 2. Fentanyl ‘25’ patch 3. 270 mg morphine sulphate subcutaneously every 24 hours

Section IV used from stage 3 onwards The following questions consist of two statements. Choose as your answer, from A to E, which of the following is appropriate

A: Both statements are true and the second statement is a correct explanation of the first statement. B: Both statements are true, but the second statement is not a correct explanation of the first statement C: the first statement is true but the second statement is false. D: the first statement is false but the second statement is true E: both statements are false.

Q17.

First statement: The maximum infusion rate for disodium pamidronate is 20 mg/h in patients with renal impairment (eGFR > 30ml/min/1.73m 2 ). Second statement: The rate of infusion of Aredia® should not exceed 1mg/min.