Concepts in Pharmacology (11964.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
UC Sydney Hills, Castle Hill, NSW
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Pharmacy||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesUpon 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 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 interprofessional team work for the delivery of quality use of pharmacotherapy.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Prerequisites10298 Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology
Equivalent units10202 Concepts in Pharmacology
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Dr Mary Bushell|
|2023||UC Sydney Hills, Castle Hill, NSW||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Dr Mary Bushell|
|2024||UC Sydney Hills, Castle Hill, NSW||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Dr Mary Bushell|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Dr Mary Bushell|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||On-Campus||Dr Mary Bushell|
|2024||UC Sydney Hills, Castle Hill, NSW||Semester 2||29 July 2024||On-Campus||Dr Mary Bushell|
Knights K., Darroch S., Rowland A., and Bushell M. Pharmacology for Health Professionals (6th edition). 2023 Elsevier. Sydney (including Elsevier Adaptive Quizzing)
- Therapeutic Guidelines, Therapeutics Guidelines Limited, North Melbourne. (e-copy available online via UC library)
- Rossi S, ed. (current edition) Australian Medicines Handbook. Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd. (e-copy available online via UC library)
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Any assessment item submitted WITHOUT the specified information on the first page will be returned to the student and not marked until this requirement is met. Specific marking penalties will be applied according to Late submission of assignments for the Faculty of Health (as follows).
The following conditions will apply to late submissions without an approved extension:
- Mark adjustment: 5% of the maximum mark available for the assessment task will be deducted for each day late up until seven days late. For example, an essay awarded 60% (60/100) submitted 2 days late will receive a mark adjustment of 5% per day, therefore, the adjusted maximum mark for that item will be 50% (50/100).
- Similarly, if the weighting is used then a piece of work worth 50% of the unit which received 30/50 would be reduced by 2.5 marks per day (i.e. 5% of 50) and would therefore receive a maximum adjusted mark of 25/50 if late by two days.
- Submissions received more than 7 days after the prescribed date and time will not be accepted for marking, a mark of zero (0) will be awarded for the item.
- For the purposes of these penalties, all days of the week count, including weekends and public holidays, even when the University may be closed.
- The minimum possible mark for late submission is zero.
- For clarification, one (1) minute past the specified due date and time is considered a late submission.
It is the students' responsibility to be familiar with the electronic submission process (e.g., the use of Canvas and Ouriginal). Students are reminded to ensure they plan well enabling adequate time to submit assessments prior to the deadline, in order to avoid a mark adjustment.
Special assessment requirements
To pass this unit, students must:
- Submit all assessment items as instructed, and
- Attend 80% of scheduled tutorials, and
- Achieve 50% overall.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Extensions to assignments, deferred intra-semester tests/quiz and examinations
Students can apply for an extension to the due date for submission/completion of an assessment item on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances (specific details are found through the Assessment Policy and Procedures Section 9.12). Extensions must be applied for before the due date as outlined above. For illness on the day of the assessment, the Assignment Extension form with relevant documentation must be lodged to the Unit Convener within three days of the scheduled exam, test, assignment, placement or assessment submission.
It should be noted that such documentation will be considered but will not guarantee that the extension application will be successful. The Unit Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length or availability of the extension.
Students are only permitted one extension per assignment and one deferral per examination/test (on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances as per UC policies) unless otherwise approved. Students must make themselves available for deferred exams and tests which will be scheduled by the unit convenor. Students are NOT PERMITTED to defer a deferred intra semester exam or test. Any student unable to undertake the deferred intra semester exam (e.g. early quiz), test, assignment or placement will receive a mark of zero or fail grade for the assessment task.
Students should note that this policy does not apply to deferred final exams which are centrally administered by the examinations office
This Unit contains participatory elements which are vital to the external professional accreditation for the course. Except in the case of extenuating circumstances, students are expected to actively participate in at least 80% of the live tutorials.
It is expected that students unable to fulfil these participation requirements will inform the Unit Convener as soon as practical, by telephone or email. If attendance requirements cannot be regularly satisfied (e.g. timetable clash) it may be recommended that you schedule this unit for a future semester. Consideration will be given for illness; however, evidence such as a medical certificate will be required.
Required IT skills
Students should be conversant with searching for and accessing information via electronic means, the use of Canvas, word processing, spreadsheet, and relevant recording software. Students should be able to navigate and use the adaptive quizzing software.
The following costs are expected for this unit:
- Required textbook costs
- Elsevier adaptive quizzing access costs (comes with the purchase of the new textbook or can be purchased on its own)
- Self-printing of the electronically provided material
- Potential costs associated with remote learning activities (e.g. reliable computer and internet connection).
Work placement, internships or practicums
Style Guide for report formatting
Unless otherwise instructed (on Canvas or in writing), all written assessment pieces (formative and summative) must conform to the following requirements:
- Headings in bold, maximum font size 16 pt.
- Font size: 11 pt or 12 pt – Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri. (consistent)
- Margins no less than 1.5cm on all sides.
- Page number at the bottom right-hand corner of footer.
- Student identification number (number only) at the top right-hand corner of the header.
- References are given in the NLM/Vancouver style (chronological numeric) ONLY. Information on these referencing styles can be found on the library website at https://canberra.libguides.com/c.php?g=599301&p=4149536
- Assignment requirements (first page) as per Section 5b above.
- Any word limits specified in assignments (in this Unit Outline or in task descriptions on Canvas) will INCLUDE all tables, figures and appendices, but EXCLUDE references (unless otherwise stated).
- Submissions which exceed the specified word (or page) length will be truncated at the word (or page) limit and only assessed to this point.