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Term1,3,5
Term1,3,5

Unit description

Provides students with knowledge of pharmacological agents and their current use in the prevention and treatment of disease and with foundational knowledge of the principles of safe medication management.

Unit content

  1. Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and medications of the gastrointestinal system
  2. Medications of the autonomic nervous system and respiratory system
  3. Medications that treat endocrine disorders
  4. Cardiovascular and renal system pharmacology
  5. Analgesics and psychotropic medications
  6. Agents with selective toxicity: Antibiotics, antifungal agents, antiviral agents and chemotherapeutic anticancer agents

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1explain the main principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
2describe the mechanism of action, pharmacological effects, therapeutic uses, contraindications, safety issues and side effects of major drug classes and commonly used therapeutic agents
3discuss drug toxicity and interactions between drugs using specific examples of drugs and considering individual variability of drug response
4investigate and evaluate medications in case-based contexts and accurately communicate the findings in a timely manner

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the main principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  2. describe the mechanism of action, pharmacological effects, therapeutic uses, contraindications, safety issues and side effects of major drug classes and commonly used therapeutic agents
  3. discuss drug toxicity and interactions between drugs using specific examples of drugs and considering individual variability of drug response
  4. investigate and evaluate medications in case-based contexts and accurately communicate the findings in a timely manner

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Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hours  (Weekly)
Tutorial 3 hours
Assessment
Workbook20%
Quiz30%
Workbook50%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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