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PMSC20003 - Pharmacological Application in the Critical Care Setting

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide students with advanced knowledge of all aspects of the science of clinical pharmacology to allow them to function safely within the current and emerging critical care context. Students will develop advanced clinical judgement and have acquired advanced theoretical knowledge for competent clinical pharmacology practice and referral.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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 - 2016

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 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 Postgraduate 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. Presentation 10%
2. Portfolio 40%
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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 14.29% 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 via 'have your say'.
Feedback
Include some practical critical care paramedic drug calculations.
Recommendation
Review the unit to identify where some drug calculation examples can be included.
Action Taken
Drug calculation questions and answers have been integrated and dispersed within the unit. Students are given a week between questions and answers, with students actively seeking answers for self-monitoring of their progress.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The assignment tasks could have been a little more specific.
Recommendation
Review assessment task, modify as required, and seek peer review of tasks for the next unit offering.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say
Feedback
The unit had little relevance to managing battle casualties or civilian casualties of active shooter/hostile events scenarios. It would be beneficial if an alternate pharmacology subject was developed to better suit TECC/TCCC principles.
Recommendation
While the unit is designed to cover the breadth of pharmacology required in the critical care management of civilians, feedback will be discussed with our subject matter expert academic regarding any action required.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Predict the pharmacology and possible side effects of drugs from an understanding of their mechanism of action
  2. Apply theoretical knowledge of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles
  3. Perform complex medication reviews and provide advice on both desirable and adverse effects with delivery of drugs in a critical care environment
  4. Explain indications, actions, interactions, adverse reactions and contraindications for commonly used critical care medications
  5. Demonstrate clinical decision making ability relating to pharmacology within a critical care context
  6. Share knowledge of clinical pharmacology, toxicology and toxinology within a team environment

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Presentation
2 - Portfolio
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation
2 - Portfolio
3 - Online Test