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NURS12154 - Pharmacology for Nursing Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with knowledge and skills related to best practice principles in the safe use of medications across the lifespan. Knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, as well as antimicrobial stewardship, are considered in relation to safe nursing practice and quality use of medicines (QUM). In this unit, you will be required to demonstrate accountability in relation to administration of medications including knowledge of side effects, adverse drug events, medication errors, accurate documentation and the impact of complementary medicines. You will also consider ethical issues related to safe medication administration.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites

NURS11161 Clinical Nursing Practice 1 or NURS11154 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2

BIOH11005 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

Co-requisite

BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology

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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online

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. Case Study 40%
2. Examination 60%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.15% 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 evaluations
Feedback
The feedback provided by markers needs to be helpful in providing guidance on future improvement. Feedback was lacking explanation.
Recommendation
Ongoing commitment in this area will continue and feedback from markers will be reviewed to improve in this area to be more beneficial for student's learning. For example, providing more detailed information to markers on how to provide more constructive feedback to students may assist in improving feedback to students.
Action Taken
Unit coordinators provided more detailed assessment tasks requirements to all markers, including reasonable expectations for both assessment tasks. Markers received more support through follow-up meetings from unit coordinators throughout the marking. Unit coordinators checked with each marker to ensure consistency of feedback and grades per the marking criteria.
Source: School and student evaluations
Feedback
This unit has obtained positive feedback from students despite being a cohort of over 400 students, which is evidence of commitment by the unit coordinators to quality learning and teaching. Comments from students included: "The support I received has been great and I felt confident throughout the whole term." "Large subject and sometimes difficult to prioritise which areas to focus on, but the support provided by lecturers greatly assisted in directing to the general area." "I felt the resources provided did support my learning well. " " I thoroughly enjoyed the powerpoint presentations and they were set out well and easy to follow."
Recommendation
Continue to provide support to students to ensure the commitment to their learning and teaching continues.
Action Taken
The unit coordinators held regular Zoom sessions throughout the term, responded to students' emails, telephone calls and forum posts questions within the timeframe of two business days. Development of tip sheets for students in collaboration with other unit coordinators on how to approach online quiz questions.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Even though most students strongly agreed that the Moodle site was easy to navigate, feedback provided by some students strongly disagreed and therefore requires review. Examples of student feedback regarding this issue: "Moodle sites are hard to navigate with so much content."
Recommendation
Review set-up of the Moodle site. Suggest moving all content into each week ie study guide and Zoom sessions etc so there is only one area students would need to access for all the information each week. Currently the study guide and the weekly Zooms sessions are in separate tabs from the weekly lecture and readings. Review the study guide to be more specific to reflect the weekly content.
Action Taken
The unit coordinators reviewed unit Moodle site. Each week's content in one section. Each section is dedicated to each week and contains lecture slides, eReading Lists, study guide, lectures via Zoom and other relevant content for the week.
Source: Student feedback via email
Feedback
Online quiz duration
Recommendation
Reduce the number of online quiz questions to allow for reading and typing answers. Due to COVID-19 in T1 2020, the University moved all examinations to online assessment including quizzes. The unit coordinators changed the exam questions to online quiz questions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Assessment 1 marking criteria weighting
Recommendation
Increase the weighting for the criteria related to approach and argument to provide more opportunity for students to demonstrate the unit learning outcomes, and reduce structure and referencing to the minimum allowable marks on the marking criteria sheet.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
End-of-term online quiz preparation
Recommendation
Organise regular Zoom sessions to discuss clear expectations for the end-of-term quiz and share tips on what would be useful on preparing students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Weekly content
Recommendation
Teaching team members should remain focussed on the weekly activities, and avoid any digression from each week's theme.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the principles of quality use of medicines (QUM) relevant to nursing practice
  2. Describe the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of particular drugs
  3. Explain the importance of antimicrobial stewardship for nursing practice
  4. Demonstrate accountability in relation to safe administration of medications.

The learning outcomes are linked to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation (ANMAC) Standards for registered nurses and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registered nurse standards for practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Case Study
2 - 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
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
1 - Case Study
2 - Examination