Pharmacology For Health Professionals

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Pharmacology For Health Professionals

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Nursing, Pharmacy, Pre-Pharmacy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (LSB111 or LSB282 or LSB382 (NS40) or (LSB475 or CSB520 (OP45) or LQB281 (CS43))) or (LSB235 and LSB250 (PU43 Podiatry))

    Completion of at least 1 year of relevant degree

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Health professionals such as Nurses, Paramedics, Podiatrists and Optometrists require a detailed understanding of the pharmacological properties of the medicines that are used daily in the treatment of patients under their care. This unit introduces students to the discipline of pharmacology by examining the interaction of drugs with biological systems. An understanding of pharmacology is fundamental to a student?s understanding of pharmaceutical products in terms of efficacy and safety and provides a rationale for their therapeutic use.
    Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion of this unit, you should be able to:
    1. Understand the pharmacokinetic properties of drugs and how this relates to the magnitude and frequency of dosing under consideration of an individual patient situation.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the pharmacodynamics of medicines including drug-target interactions, potency and efficacy.
    3. Discuss how medicines modify the effects of the peripheral nervous system and local mediators, and the therapeutic use of these medicines.
    4. Competently discuss systematic pharmacotherapy.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    The didactic content of this unit will be presented as lectures. Tutorial sessions will provide a forum to perform problem solving exercises using clinical scenarios that will reinforce the lecture content.
    Lectures: 3 hours per week
    Tutorials: 1 hour per week

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