Applied Pharmacology and Basic Microbiology/Immunology

10 Units

This course provides knowledge of the basics of microbiology and immunology in the context of the diagnosis of infectious diseases. Infection control concepts and the pharmacology and principles of antimicrobial use are covered. Using this knowledge base, the pharmacology management of infectious diseases is discussed. Case-based oral assessment (as presentations) will be introduced to develop communication skills that will assist with professional practice as a pharmacist. Development of this knowledge and skills contributes to the core competency required of a pharmacist.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Availability Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)

At the end of this course students will:

  1. Be able to define and describe the major classes of microbes and parasites that cause human disease and apply the techniques used in their diagnosis
  2. Be able to describe relevant infection control concepts;
  3. Be able to discuss the pharmacological management of infectious diseases including the mechanism of action of specific agents;
  4. Be aware of the general principles of the use of anti-infective agents
  5. Have a knowledge of key concepts regarding immunity and the immune response
  6. Have begun to develop oral communication skills
  7. Demonstrate a level of competency in the aforementioned course objectives, which form part of the core set of competencies required by a pharmacist

The course will cover:

  1. The interpretation of biochemical, immunological, microbiological and other data used in the diagnosis and management of diseases;
  2. Concepts of infection control
  3. The mechanism of action of the pharmacological agents used to treat infectious diseases of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic origin
  4. General principles of the use of anti-infective agents in practice.
  5. Innate, acquired and cell-mediated immunity. The structure and function of antibodies.
  6. The immune response including cytokines, complement, inflammation, hypersensitivity reactions, allergy and autoimmune diseases.
Replacing Course(s) Replacing PHAR6020 in the Master of Pharmacy program.
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge PHAR6113 Pharmacokinetics PHAR6114 Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Problem Based Learning
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Class - Mid term examination Course learning objectives: 1,2,3
  • Examination: Formal - End of trimester theory examination Course learning objectives: 1-5,7
  • Other: (please specify) - Case study report presentation Course learning objectives: 1,3-7
  • Other: (please specify) - Students must demonstrate competency in the theoretical knowledge that forms part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist. To do this a student must show they are competent in all course objectives by achieving a passing grade in the formal examination component and overall to be awarded a pass mark or better for the course.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6124

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