BMSC12014 - Pharmacology for Health Professionals

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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 HLTH12028

CV69 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2023 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 92.59% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 28.72% response rate.

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.

Source: 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.
Action Taken
A Moodle tile which enables students to link directly to their course-specific content has been constructed.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Additional weekly quizzes and flashcard activities have been added to the Moodle site.
Source: Unit coordinator
Feedback
The revision activities provided to students contributes to strong performance in assessment tasks.
Recommendation
Continue to implement effective revision resources/strategies.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
The organisation and presentation of the unit content facilitates a systematic approach to learning.
Recommendation
Continue with this style of content delivery.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students; Unit coordinator
Feedback
The wording of some questions in the End-of-Term online test could be improved.
Recommendation
Review the question bank and correct as appropriate.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Online Test