The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course reviews the general principles of pharmacology and quality use of medicines. It specifically reviews pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics; providing students with a clear basis to understand the process by which a drug enters, is absorbed and impacts the intended site of action, drug metabolism and excretion. This course provides students with knowledge of this process on specific populations. Principles of anaesthesia are covered with emphasis on safe and effective administration of local anaesthesia in a clinical setting.

This course reviews the general principles of dermatology with specific emphasis placed upon the implications of dermatological conditions of the lower limbs. This course extends students' knowledge of basic pharmacology emphasising clinically relevant pharmacology and its integration with podiatric dermatology and microbiology.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate sound understanding of the concepts of quality use of medicines and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and use the appropriate terminology when discussing drug names, classifications and regimes.when discussing drug names, classifications and regimes.

2. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and factors that may affect drug absorption, drug clearance, volume of distribution and half-life with regard to efficacy and safety for specific patient groups.

3. Demonstrate the ability to perform risk: benefit analysis when considering pharmacological management, and to formulate appropriate goal orientated pharmaceutical management plans.

4. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of roles and rationales for drug prescription and therapy, and describe the physiological effects of drug regimes in systemic conditions affecting the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, and integumentary systems with relevance to podiatry

5. Using appropriate terminology, describe the implications of the invasion and multiplication of pathogenic microorganisms in body tissues, the role of drug therapy and the concept of antibiotic resistance.

6. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of skin and nail structure and function, common integumentary system pathologies, and appropriate pharmacological interventions including indications and contraindications

7. Nominate and implement appropriate laboratory tests for podiatrically relevant fungal and bacterial infections, and demonstrate detailed knowledge of pharmacological options and agents.

8. Describe and discuss the importance of anti-inflammatory and analgesic medications with specific relevance to podiatry.

9. Describe the principles of local and general anaesthesia and the indications for use of anaesthesia in podiatry, with specific emphasis on safe and effective administration of local anaesthesia in a clinical setting.

10. Demonstrate the ability to perform a case-based medications review in a clinical setting, and recognise possible sequelae of drug therapy including adverse effects and interactions; and consider these in relation to dose and systemic factors.

11. Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour including meeting attendance requirements and participation in group ¿based activities


  1. General pharmacology including an indepth review of principles of pharmacology
  2. Applied drug therapy: immune, inflammatory and infectious disorders
  3. Systemic pharmacology relating to the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, nervous and endocrine systems
  4. Principles of local and general anaesthesia
  5. Adverse drug reactions and interactions and the use of drug therapy in specific populations
  6. Case based pharmacological management
  7. Skin structure and function
  8. Skin conditions affecting the lower limb

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatry program.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of PDTY1202, HUBS1108 and HUBS1404

Assumed knowledge

Anatomy and physiology of the human body Pharmacology

Assessment items

In Term Test: In-Class Examination

Participation: Attendance and Professional Behaviour *

Written Assignment: Assignment *

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Participation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

These are approximate hours per week. Some material is delivered online.