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Semester 1 - Online
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This subject extends the students' knowledge of the fundamental pharmacological principles of medication management, which can be adopted and utilized in the advanced practice setting. Students will use the foundational knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and therapeutics, in order to critically analyze how medications affect physiological, biochemical and pathophysiological processes.
With a greater appreciation of the action of drugs on body processes, students will be able to determine which medications should be administered to particular patients in order to ensure therapeutic effects are optimized and adverse effects are minimized. Students will articulate the key pharmacological characteristics of drug classes, as well as be able to derive and understand the specific nuances of individual drugs.
This focus will ensure that students use critical thinking and problem solving abilities to facilitate them to prescribe, administer, monitor and evaluate medications in a rational and effective manner. Please note that this subject is conducted through the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students should:
- Analyse critically the effects of drugs on body processes;
- Apply the core concepts of pharmacology (including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics) to evidence-based practice;
- Use appropriate problem solving abilities in understanding the therapeutic and adverse effects, contraindications and precautions for medications;
- Critically evaluate the pharmacological characteristics of an individual drug based on information about the drug class;
- Demonstrate well developed problem-solving and critical thinking skills in applying pharmacological knowledge to advanced practice settings; and
- Use problem solving skills in determining the most appropriate medication to prescribe a patient with complex health care needs.
By the end of this subject students will:
- Be adept at learning in a range of ways;
- Be able to examine, critically synthesise and evaluate scientific and clinical information;
- Refine their written communication skills.
- Participate in collaborative learning;
- Be familiar with selected online learning tools;
- Recognise the value of research evidence to clinical practice.
Last updated: 10 June 2021