Not currently offered
Course code

PHAR2103

Units

10 units

Level

2000 level

Course handbook

Description

This course will comprise an introduction to clinical practice through clinical dispensing activities and clinical placement designed to develop core practice-based skills in a safe environment with exposure to realism of the clinical situation, with a focus on the supply of over the counter medicines including schedule 2, schedule 3 medicines and natural/complementary medicines. Students will learn how to access, interpret and apply selected professional resources in delivering person-centred care, and develop their verbal and non-verbal communication skills with a focus on gathering medicines information.

The course introduces the basic principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs in the human body.

The course covers the pharmacology and design of antibiotics and principles of antimicrobial use in infectious disease.

The course requires students 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. The cases will also discuss issues surrounding the management of clients from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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


Availability

Callaghan


    Learning outcomes

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

    1. Describe the structure/activity of antibiotics and the pathophysiology and management of infectious diseases using antimicrobial agents.

    2. Describe the role of pharmacists and integrate the use of professional resources to medicines use in practice settings including the storage, scheduling and supply of medicines in the practice of pharmacy.

    3. Dispense and extemporaneously prepare/compound medicines according to professional practice standards, legislative requirements and principles underpinning the quality use of medicines.

    4. Identify and demonstrate principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics including performing calculations, in the application of therapeutic agents in patient care.

    5. Describe the use and formulation of natural /complementary medicines.

    6. Apply principles of verbal and non-verbal communication to communicate about a basic health care issues and to gathering information from clients in managing supply of medicines.


    Content

    The topics to be covered include:

    1. The use of antimicrobials in the management of patients with infectious disease, including application of important concepts in chemistry to the clinical setting including structure activity relationships of antibiotics, pathophysiology and therapeutic management.
    2. Use of simulated and real environments to provide practical experience in medication management and engagement in professional practice, including; dispensing of medicines, legal and ethical issues related to medication supply with a focus on the storage and scheduling of medicines, and the supply of schedule 2 & 3 medicines; extemporaneous dispensing/compounding; use of practice-based resources.
    3. Principles of verbal and non-verbal communication including application of these skills to general communication about basic health care issues and gathering information from clients in managing supply of medicines.
    4. Principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
    5. Introduction to natural / complementary medicines.
    6. The importance of patient safety and quality use of medicine.

    Assumed knowledge

    HUBS1403 and HUBS1404


    Assessment items

    Practical Demonstration: Dispensing Assessment *

    In Term Test: Mid Semester Written Exam *

    Formal Examination: End of Semester Written Exam *

    Practical Demonstration: Practical Skills Assessment *

    Professional Task: Placement Journal *

    * This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


    Compulsory Requirements

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

    General Course Requirements:

    • Integrated Learning Session: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend all integrated learning sessions conducted during the Semester and submission of a placement journal.

    Course Assessment Requirements:

    • Professional Task: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
    • Practical Demonstration: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
    • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass a combination of the mid-semester written examination and end-Semester formal written examination to be able to pass the course.
    • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass a combination of the mid-semester written examination and end-Semester formal written examination to be able to pass the course.
    • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass a combination of the mid-semester dispensing assessment and end-Semester dispensing assessment with a mark of greater than or equal to 65% to be able to pass the course.

    Pre-Placement Requirements:

    • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

    Contact hours

    Callaghan

    Integrated Learning Session

    Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

    Lecture

    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

    Practical

    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

    Workshop

    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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