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Concepts in Pharmacology (10202.2)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Pharmacy


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  • Semester 2, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (198788) - View
  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (189830) - View

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This unit will allow students to develop an understanding of the fundamental science knowledge base of pharmacology. Topics covered will include pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug interactions, adverse drug effects and clinical considerations. To support student learning and development of critical practice requirements for professional outcomes, pharmacotherapy concepts will be applied to persons across the lifespan.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain the mechanism of action, adverse effects, drug interactions and clinical considerations of drugs;

2. Apply these fundamental concepts of pharmacology in various clinical contexts;

3. Demonstrate the quality use of pharmacotherapy across the lifespan;

4. Practice in ways that ensure person-centred approaches to pharmacotherapy; and

5. Demonstrate capacity to engage in interdisciplinary team work for the delivery of quality use of pharmacotherapy.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours per week, consisting of 1 hour online preparation for workshop and 2 hours of interactive workshop.


10298 Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology OR
9808 Regional Anatomy and Physiology OR
6529 Systemic Anatomy & Physiology OR
9042 Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses



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Equivalent Units

9054 Pharmacology for Nurses

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