Clinical Pharmacotherapy 1

Course code PHAR2204Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

This course for pharmacy students requires them to integrate knowledge, concepts and skills derived from previous and concurrent undergraduate study and apply them to a range of simulated patient case scenarios and practical exercises that require critical thinking and problem solving skills.

This course will comprise of case studies, simulation tutorials, clinical dispensing practice and clinical field placement; each designed to provide the student with practical, hands on experience in an environment with exposure to realistic simulation of the clinical situation.
The course incorporates technological advances in teaching enabling the use of virtual practice environments, 3D medication image modelling, simulated patients as well as clinical practice experience in simulation centres.

The course will incorporate current and future trends in health, illness and wellness in exploring concepts of Public Health and Health Promotion. The cases will also discuss issues surrounding the management of clients from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Specific conditions covered in this course include cardiovascular, renal, gastroenterology, dermatology and infectious disease.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component that students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course will be able to:
1. Apply their knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology and management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) of diseases to patient cases addressing the following:
- Cardiovascular disease.
- Renal disease.
- Gastrointestinal conditions.
- Dermatological conditions.
- Infectious disease.
2. Demonstrate appropriate and effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with both clients and health care professionals in dealing with a range of clinical scenarios, including cultural differences of clients.
3. Demonstrate the ability to effectively gather information from clients, health care professionals and other sources of data such as medication charts, medical records in managing a patient case.
4. Describe and demonstrate basic fundamental physical assessment techniques.
5. Apply pathology and other laboratory data to patient assessment and management in a range of clinical scenarios.
6. Apply medical imaging and other diagnostic information to patient assessment in a range of clinical scenarios.
7. Identify and prioritise therapeutic problems and appropriately select patient specific management regimens, and requirements for monitoring and assessing responses to therapy.
8. Apply knowledge and skills of the core principles of pharmacy practice to simulated patient cases including ethics, forensics, confidentiality and quality use of medicines.
9. Identify principles of pharmacokinetics and discuss issues relating to the formulation and manufacture of therapeutic agents in relation to patient cases.
10. Understand the importance of the role of the pharmacist, in both the Australian Health Care System and Internationally, to ensure patient safety and continuity of care and management of the deteriorating patient; and the ability of the pharmacist to be involved in the decision making process.
11. Develop an understanding of the different environment/s in which the pharmacist works and the various fields of specialisation for pharmacists in the delivery of pharmaceutical care.
12. Understand the components and concepts of Public Health, holistic health and the core principles underpinning individual health-related behaviour.
13. Understand the role of Health Promotion in maintaining and improving the status of health as well as minimising illness for individual and population groups.
Content1. The course will cover the pathophysiology, therapeutic management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) and practice issues in the management of patients with a range of disorders including:
- Cardiovascular disease.
- Renal disease.
- Gastrointestinal conditions.
- Dermatological conditions.
- Infectious disease.
2. The course will use simulated and real environments to provide students with exposure to practice environments and clients in a range of scenarios to engage them in the management of the above disease states. The simulated and real scenarios will involve concepts of:
- Physical assessment techniques using the appropriate equipment for the cardiovascular system, renal system, abdomen, and skin.
- Utilisation of pathology data and medical imaging in patient management.
- Problem solving skills in clinical practice including the identification, prioritisation, management and monitoring of therapeutic problems in a patient.
3. The course will provide practical experience in medication management including:
- Use of software to dispense medications.
- Clinical application of knowledge in drug administration, pharmacokinetics, and drug compatibilities/ interactions.
- Demonstration of communication skills and provision of drug information.
- Ethical and legal issues applied to medication supply.
- Global and cultural awareness in medication supply.
4. The course will also provide experience in developing clinical skills through clinical practice experience in simulation centres, hospitals and the community, as well as guided case studies.
5. The course will apply important concepts in chemistry to the clinical setting including structure activity relationships.
6. The importance of patient safety and quality use of medicine in the clinical setting.
7. Decision making in the clinical environment and the role of the pharmacist in the continuity of care of the patient.
8. Management of the deteriorating patient.
9. Public Health and social determinants of health.
10. Health Promotion and health education as a strategy to reduce illness and improve health outcomes.
11. All material covered in this course will be integrated with clinical placement opportunities.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHAR2101 Dermatology and Topical Formulations and PHAR2102 Cardiovascular and Renal Health.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Experience Based Learning
Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalObjective Structure Professional Assessment (OSPA) (assessed by a Global rating Score that includes communication, clinical management, organisation, therapeutics, ethics, legal aspects and health care management)
Course Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Compulsory Course Component:: This OSPRA examination will test a student's competency in all of the course learning objectives since these form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist. Students must achieve a passing grade in the formal examination component to be able to obtain a passing or higher grade in this course. On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy this compulsory course component will be offered a supplementary examination. Students who are required to complete a supplementary examination and satisfactorily pass the assessment and pass the course overall will be awarded a maximum mark of 50 for the course. Those who do not pass the supplementary examination will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionCourse Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Online Learning ActivitiesCourse Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Other: (please specify)Case Studies and in-semester OSPA
Course Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Contact HoursExperience Based Learning: for 24 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of PHAR1101 Introduction to Pharmacy and Formulation Sciences 1, PHAR1201 Introduction to Pharmacy and Formulation Sciences 2, PHAR2101 Dermatology and Topical Formulations and PHAR2102 Cardiovascular and Renal Health.
Concurrent enrolment in and PHAR2203 Gastrointestinal Health and Solid Dosage Formulations.
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.
Compulsory Course ComponentThe assessment components test a student's competency in one or more of the course learning objectives since these form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist so students must:
1. achieve a passing grade in the formal examination component.
Compulsory Program ComponentMandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met and Workcover approved First Aid Certificate.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHAR2204