Applied Pharmacology and Basic Microbiology/Immunology

Course code PHAR6124Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

This course provides knowledge of the basics of microbiology and immunology in the context of the diagnosis of infectious diseases. Infection control concepts and the pharmacology and principles of antimicrobial use are covered. Using this knowledge base, the pharmacology management of infectious diseases is discussed. Case-based oral assessment (as presentations) will be introduced to develop communication skills that will assist with professional practice as a pharmacist. Development of this knowledge and skills contributes to the core competency required of a pharmacist.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the end of this course students will:
1. Be able to define and describe the major classes of microbes and parasites that cause human disease and apply the techniques used in their diagnosis
2. Be able to describe relevant infection control concepts;
3. Be able to discuss the pharmacological management of infectious diseases including the mechanism of action of specific agents;
4. Be aware of the general principles of the use of anti-infective agents
5. Have a knowledge of key concepts regarding immunity and the immune response
6. Have begun to develop oral communication skills
7. Demonstrate a level of competency in the aforementioned course objectives, which form part of the core set of competencies required by a pharmacist
ContentThe course will cover:
1. The interpretation of biochemical, immunological, microbiological and other data used in the diagnosis and management of diseases;
2. Concepts of infection control
3. The mechanism of action of the pharmacological agents used to treat infectious diseases of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic origin
4. General principles of the use of anti-infective agents in practice.
5. Innate, acquired and cell-mediated immunity. The structure and function of antibodies.
6. The immune response including cytokines, complement, inflammation, hypersensitivity reactions, allergy and autoimmune diseases.
Replacing Course(s)Replacing PHAR6020 in the Master of Pharmacy program.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHAR6113 Pharmacokinetics
PHAR6114 Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid term examination
Course learning objectives: 1,2,3
Examination: FormalEnd of trimester theory examination
Course learning objectives: 1-5,7
Other: (please specify)Case study report presentation
Course learning objectives: 1,3-7
Other: (please specify)Students must demonstrate competency in the theoretical knowledge that forms part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist. To do this a student must show they are competent in all course objectives by achieving a passing grade in the formal examination component and overall to be awarded a pass mark or better for the course.
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6124