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Psychopharmacology (NURS90012)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Online

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90012
Term 2 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of medications used in psychiatry and to examine the role of the psychiatric nurse in psychopharmacological treatments. The subject allows students to develop clinical skills in relevant assessments and interventions for clients receiving psychiatric medication.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Analysing critically the effects of drugs on body processes across the lifespan
  • Understanding the concepts of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and neurotransmission and apply them to patients in mental health setting
  • Examining the clinical implications for use and adverse effects of psychotropic medications.
  • Critically evaluating the pharmacology of an individual psychotropic drug based on information about the drug class
  • Developing comprehensive knowledge of psychotropic medications and apply this knowledge by planning appropriate health teaching strategies
  • Examining the skills required to assess a person's reaction to the administration of psychotropic medications
  • Evaluating the role of healthcare professionals in psychopharmacological treatments

Generic skills

  • Problem-solving skills by involvement in online discussions and activities
  • Critical thinking skills by reflecting on perspectives that are not easily synthesised into a biomedical tradition
  • Analytical skills through critical appraisal of the literature and development of arguments within the set assignments
  • Ability to work as a team member through involvement in discussions and activities with fellow students
  • Well-developed writing skills by completion of the assessment tasks
  • Time management skills by planning their work and submitting information by the required deadlines

Last updated: 30 May 2019