BMSC13010 - Pharmacology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit enables you to develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of pharmacology. The mechanism of action of major drug classes used in the treatment of disorders affecting various body systems 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 professions.

Details

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

Pre-requisites

CG93 Medical Science, CL10 Medical Laboratory Science and CG95 Paramedic Science: BMSC12010

CB66 Health Science (Allied Health): MBIO12013 and BIOH12008

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

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

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Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
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Term 1 - 2021 Profile
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Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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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 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. 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

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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
Whilst there was a significant increase in student's satisfaction with the type of feedback provided to assessment items and the speed with which it was returned, some students feel there is still room for improvement of these metrics.
Recommendation
Staff will continue to make feedback to students a priority. It should be noted that the assessment items submitted in term 1 2018 for this unit were returned within the recommended turn around time and this will be upheld moving forward.
Action Taken
This was a priority during the 2018 and 2019 offerings and was maintained which aided student the student experience, learning and feedback scores. Continued and maintained.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the enthusiastic lecture presentations however felt that this was a content heavy unit.
Recommendation
Unfortunately due to the nature of the field of pharmacology it can be content heavy, however staff will try and identify ways in which the content can be more evenly presented through the term.
Action Taken
Providing the first two weeks of lecture content before Term begins and providing for space during the end of Term with no lecture content has been initiated to help with this item.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students liked the new exam format.
Recommendation
The exam will retain its current format however questions will be altered from term to term.
Action Taken
Exam format maintained and refined with a new element of student discipline based choice which was also well liked.
Source: Unit evaluation and student email
Feedback
Engaging delivery methods (examples - lecture content, enthusiasm of the lecturer, diagrams, drawings and examples, assessment help video and exam revision sections were identified to help student learning
Recommendation
Maintain and refine the delivery model
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Content heavy with long lecture recordings
Recommendation
Some sections will be turned into smaller blocks of lecture content to maintain engagement
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
More forum communication required
Recommendation
Increased communication via forum posts by the teaching team
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the basic principles and the applications of pharmacology - pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug design and clinical trials
  2. Classify the major groups of medicines with respect to use in pathophysiologies, their actions and side effects
  3. Interpret and analyse the results from pharmacological experiments and understand the implications arising from these results
  4. Critically evaluate the scientific literature relating to pharmacological agents and use this knowledge to explain and justify how pharmaceuticals mediate their effects.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
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
6 - Information Technology Competence
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination