CQUniversity Unit Profile
BMSC12014 Pharmacology for Health Professionals
Pharmacology for Health Professionals
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy relevant to your health profession. You will explore the mechanism of action of major drug classes used in pharmacological interventions or procedures in patient management relevant to your profession. You will be required to demonstrate critical analysis of this content and align this with current practice in your respective professions.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: CG93 Medical Science (Nutrition) and CG95 Paramedic Sciences: BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry CB86 Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours): ALLH11001, and BMSC11008 (or ALLH11004), and HLTH11027, and PSYC11010, and BMSC11007 (or ALLH11005), and ALLH11009 (or ALLH12007), and ALLH11006 and HLTH12028CV69 Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology: ECHO11004 Biochemistry for Cardiac Pharmacology

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022

Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Online Test
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Feedback, Feedback from Unit Coordinator

Feedback

Improve ease of navigating the Moodle site.

Recommendation

Cluster course-specific Modules to reduce potential confusion when navigating Moodle.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

Students would benefit from additional practice questions to help prepare them for the online assessment tasks.

Recommendation

Make more revision resources available on the Moodle site.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the basic principles of pharmacology, including pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and drug design
  2. Discuss the indications, pharmacological action, routes of administration, contraindications, side effects and precautions of the major medication groups used in your health profession
  3. Discuss pharmacological applications associated with common procedures undertaken with your health profession
  4. Critically analyse the scientific literature relating to drugs and medicines within your health profession.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
3 - Online Test - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
3 - Online Test - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Supplementary

Pharmacology for Health Professionals

Edition: 5th (2018)
Authors: Bryant, Knights, Darroch, & Rowland
Elsevier
ISBN: 978-0-7295-4275-3
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

It is completely optional to purchase and use this textbook. All of the required readings for the unit are provided to students on the unit Moodle site.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Jordon Irwin Unit Coordinator
j.irwin@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Module 1 | Introduction to Pharmacology

Chapter

Module 1 of the Pharmacology Handbook (available on Moodle)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on Module 1

Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Module 2 | Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics

Chapter

Module 2 of the Pharmacology Handbook (available on Moodle)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on Module 2

Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Module 3 | Pharmacokinetics (continued) and Dosing Profiles

Chapter

Module 3 of the Pharmacology Handbook (available on Moodle)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on Module 3
Week 4 Begin Date: 01 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Module 4 | Drug Development and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Chapter

Module 4 of the Pharmacology Handbook (available on Moodle)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on Module 4

Week 5 Begin Date: 08 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Module 5 | Common Drugs for Chronic Conditions I (Cardiovascular Diseases)

Chapter

Module 5 of the Pharmacology Handbook (available on Moodle)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on Module 5


Introductory Pharmacology Quiz Due: Week 5 Friday (12 Aug 2022) 8:00 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 15 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Vacation Week | Catch-up, Assessment preparation, Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 22 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Module 6 | Common Drugs for Chronic Conditions II (Thrombosis and Haemostasis)

Chapter

Module 6 of the Pharmacology Handbook (available on Moodle)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on Module 6

Week 7 Begin Date: 29 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Module 7 | Common Drugs for Chronic Conditions III (Depression, Anxiety, Asthma, Epilepsy and Pain)

Chapter

Module 7 of the Pharmacology Handbook (available on Moodle)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on Module 7

Week 8 Begin Date: 05 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Module 8 | Profession Specific Pharmacology I

CB66, CB86, CG93 (Nutrition), CV69 = Drugs for Lipid-Lowering

CG95 = Drugs for Treating Envenomation, Poisoning and Overdoses

Chapter

Module 8 of the Pharmacology Handbook (available on Moodle)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on Module 8

Week 9 Begin Date: 12 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Module 9 | Profession Specific Pharmacology II

CB66 and CG93 (Nutrition) = Drugs for Treating Allergic Reactions, Vomiting and Obesity

CB86 = Antimicrobials for Podiatry

CG95 = Drugs for Treating Emergency Respiratory, Allergic and Adrenal Conditions

CV69 = Drugs for Echocardiography Procedures

Chapter

Module 9 of the Pharmacology Handbook (available on Moodle)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on Module 9


Case Study Drug Review Due: Week 9 Friday (16 Sept 2022) 8:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 19 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Module 10 | Profession Specific Pharmacology III

CB66 and CG93 (Nutrition) = Drug for Managing Diabetes Mellitus

CB86 = Drugs for Pain, Inflammation, Procedural Anxiety and Allergic Reactions in Podiatry

CG95 = Drugs for Emergency Analgesia, Sedation and Anaesthesia

CV69 = Drugs for Echocardiography Procedures (continued)

Chapter

Module 10 of the Pharmacology Handbook (available on Moodle)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on Module 10

Week 11 Begin Date: 26 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Module 11 | Profession Specific Pharmacology IV

CB66 and CG93 (Nutrition) = Food-Drug Interactions and Drugs of Abuse

CB86 = Drug for Managing Diabetes Mellitus

CG95 = Drugs for Treating Emergency Cardiovascular Conditions

CV69 = Drugs Which Induce Cardiotoxicity

Chapter

Module 11 of the Pharmacology Handbook (available on Moodle)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial on Module 11

Week 12 Begin Date: 03 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Revision Tutorial

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 10 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Revision + Online Test

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Test Due: Review/Exam Week Thursday (13 Oct 2022) 8:00 pm AEST
Term Specific Information

BMSC12014 is a modularised unit

BMSC12014 is comprised of three main blocks of content. Modules 1-4 cover introductory concepts, Modules 5-7 cover common 'everyday' drugs and Modules 8-11 cover the drugs which are used in (or are especially important to) your health profession. This means that for Weeks 8 through to 11, students from different disciplines cover different modules. The unit has been structured in this way to ensure that you are learning material that is relevant to your chosen area of study.

Lectures and Tutorials

All lectures for this unit are pre-recorded and available on the unit’s Moodle site. Live tutorials are delivered weekly with on-campus and online participation options available. During these sessions, we cover practice questions to help you become comfortable with the style of questions in the Online Quiz and End-of-term Online Test. All tutorials are recorded and made available for viewing on the Moodle site.

Readings in this Unit

All readings for this unit come from the unit-specific Pharmacology Handbook which is available on the Moodle site. If you would like additional readings, you are welcome to purchase the supplementary textbook: Pharmacology for Health Professionals by Bryant, Knights, Darroch, & Rowland. This is an optional textbook. All the resources that you will need to succeed in BMSC12014 are available on the Moodle site.

Contacting the Teaching Staff

The best way to contact the Teaching Staff is via the Q&A forum. All queries of a personal nature should be sent directly to the Unit Coordinator at j.irwin@cqu.edu.au. 

Unit Study Commitment

As per Australian education standards, this unit has a Study Commitment of 150 hours total engagement for the term. A suggestion for how you should allocate your weekly study commitment for BMSC12014 is as follows:

  • 2-3 hours watching recorded lectures and attending/viewing the tutorial.
  • 1-2 hours completing the recommended readings.
  • 2-3 hours completing the weekly study questions and practice assessment activities.
  • 3-4 hours revising for the Online Quizzes, Written Assessment or Online Test.

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Introductory Pharmacology Quiz

Task Description

A sound knowledge of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug development and therapeutic drug monitoring is essential for understanding how drugs work and how they are used in the clinical setting. After learning about these concepts in Modules 1-4, you will complete an Online Quiz. You will be permitted only one (1) attempt for this assessment task. Practice questions and exemplar responses will be worked through in the Weeks 1-4 tutorials.

Your score from the Online Quiz will contribute 20% to your final grade. No collusion or teamwork is permitted. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the Online Quiz after its closing date.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (12 Aug 2022) 8:00 pm AEST

The Quiz will end once you click submit or when the time limit has been exhausted.


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Friday (2 Sept 2022)

This Quiz will be graded manually, and feedback returned via Moodle.


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for correct responses. No marks will be deducted for incorrect answers.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
The Quiz will be accessed and completed individually via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the basic principles of pharmacology, including pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and drug design


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Case Study Drug Review

Task Description

In this assessment task, you will use the scientific literature to evaluate ‘real world’ case studies (provided on Moodle). You will appraise evidence from peer-reviewed Journal articles to establish whether appropriate pharmacology-related decisions have been made in the case studies. The resources that you will need to help you prepare for this assessment tasks are available on Moodle.

Your score from the Case Study Drug Review will contribute 30% to your final grade, and you must obtain at least 50% of the available marks to be eligible to pass the unit. This is an individual task, and as such, no collusion or teamwork is permitted when preparing your submission.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (16 Sept 2022) 8:00 pm AEST

In the absence of an approved extension, a 5% late penalty will be applied per day that the task remains unsubmitted.


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (30 Sept 2022)

Results and feedback will be returned via Moodle.


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

The maximum grade for this assessment task is 60/60 marks. A brief overview of the assessment criteria are as follows:

  • Fundamental content - 20 marks available for scientific content that demonstrates a clear understanding of the mechanism of action, routes of administration, indications, side effects, drug interactions and/or contraindications of the major medication groups used in your health profession.
  • Justification of arguments - 20 marks available for critical evaluation of the literature to support decisions and positioning of arguments.
  • Referencing - 10 marks available for appropriate formatting of in-text references and reference list.
  • Overall presentation - 10 marks available for correct spelling, grammar and sentence/paragraph structure.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Your responses are to be submitted in a Word document via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the indications, pharmacological action, routes of administration, contraindications, side effects and precautions of the major medication groups used in your health profession
  • Discuss pharmacological applications associated with common procedures undertaken with your health profession
  • Critically analyse the scientific literature relating to drugs and medicines within your health profession.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical practice

3 Online Test

Assessment Title
Online Test

Task Description

You will complete an Online Test which will evaluate your knowledge of the drugs presented in this unit (i.e. Modules 5-11). You will be permitted only one (1) attempt for this assessment task. Practice questions and exemplar responses will be worked through in the Weeks 5-11 tutorials.

Your score from the Online Test will contribute 50% to your final grade. No collusion or teamwork is permitted. In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the Online Quiz after its closing date.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Thursday (13 Oct 2022) 8:00 pm AEST

The Test will end once you click submit or when the time limit has been exhausted.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (21 Oct 2022)

This assessment will be manually graded, and results returned via Moodle.


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
50%

Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for correct responses. No marks will be deducted for incorrect answers.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
The Test will be accessed and completed individually via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the basic principles of pharmacology, including pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and drug design
  • Discuss the indications, pharmacological action, routes of administration, contraindications, side effects and precautions of the major medication groups used in your health profession
  • Discuss pharmacological applications associated with common procedures undertaken with your health profession


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?