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BMSC13010 - Pharmacology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit enables you to develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of basic and clinical pharmacology including the way drugs interact with cells and the body. The mechanism of action of major drug classes used in the treatment of disorders affecting the autonomic nervous system, the gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems and central nervous system will be examined at the drug-receptor level. Pharmacokinetics, receptor selectivity, efficacy and the optimum route of administration of pharmaceuticals will also be studied. You will be required to demonstrate critical analysis of this content and align this with current practice in your respective courses.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite

CG93 Medical Science and CG95 Paramedic Science:

BMED19003 Clinical Biochemistry OR BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry

CB77 Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic):

BMSC11005 Foundations of Biochemistry AND BMSC12007 Neurological Physiology and Measurement AND MBIO12013 Microbiology for Health Care AND CHIR12002 Neuroanatomy and Systemic Pathology

CB86 Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours):

ALLH11001, ALLH11005, HLTH11027, PSYC11010, ALLH11004, ALLH12007, ALLH11006 and HLTH12028

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 1 - 2017

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 10%
2. Written Assessment 15%
3. Written Assessment 25%
4. Examination 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 24% 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: Unit Evaluations and student emails
Feedback
Students appreciated the content, lectures and assessments, in particular the assessment item related to the mythical review.
Recommendation
Maintain and continue the assessment items.
Action Taken
The lecture content, delivery and assessment items were maintained and updated in addition to the creation of a new residential school/laboratory experience.
Source: Student feedback - formal evaluations
Feedback
The laboratory experience was engaging with a real-life research project incorporated
Recommendation
Continue to develop and deliver the updated laboratory experience myth busting drug effects
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: External accreditation review student feedback
Feedback
The unit content provided a valuable capstone knowledge of human disease from pathophysiology to effective drug treatment
Recommendation
Continue to deliver contextualised and contemporary content and laboratory skills.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback - formal evaluations
Feedback
The practical assessment item and residential school scheduled so late in the term caused time pressure and stress in completing the item and delayed feedback
Recommendation
The teaching and scheduling team have revised the structure and scaffolding of assessment items and timing of the residential school to earlier in the term of offering. This will provide more time for students to integrate their knowledge and practical experience in completing the assessment item.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Recognise and describe the differing ways in which drugs and chemicals act quantitatively and qualitatively on living organisms.
  2. Recall and explain the basic priciples of pharmacology - pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug design and clinical trials.
  3. Recall and classify the major groups of medicines with respect to pathophysiology, their actions and therapeutic applications for medical science, paramedic science and podiatry practice (including local and general anaesthesia, cardiovascular, CNS, gastrointestinal, antimicrobial, respiratory and endocrine).
  4. Understand how pharmacological laboratory experiments are conducted by using computer aided learning modules, and interpret the results from these experiments (tables/graphs).
  5. Appraise the scientific literature relating to drugs and medicines and communicate this knowledge to your peers

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
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
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Examination
2 - Written Assessment