Pharmacotherapeutics 4

10 Units

Presents the pathophysiology of diseases and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Specific diseases covered in this course include infectious diseases, thyroid and adrenal diseases, reproductive diseases as well as men's and women's health. The course will address the quality use of medicines in the treatment of these diseases. Application of the knowledge imparted to students in this course will be complemented by clinical skills training. This course is a Compulsory Program Component and must be passed in order to progress in the Master of Pharmacy Program. Programs generally have defined periods for their professional education placements. These are based on negotiations between health providers and the University. Students are asked to note however, that placements may occur at any time during the calendar year and not just within defined placement periods or university terms. The timing of your placement will depend largely on the availability of placement opportunities within health services sector. Students MUST NOT organise their own placements without prior approval by the Program Convenor.

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 describe the pathophysiology and management of reproductive diseases, thyroid and adrenal diseases.
  2. Be able to describe the pathophysiology and management of conditions involving the female reproductive tract.
  3. Be able to describe the pathophysiology and management of conditions involving the male reproductive tract.
  4. Gain an understanding of the signs, symptoms and complications of common infections, be aware of the likely pathogens involved, understand relevant diagnostic tests and be aware of first and second line anti-infective therapy, as well as non-pharmacologicial approaches to the management of these infections.
  5. Be able to describe the quality use of medicines’ issues surrounding the therapeutic agents in the treatment of these diseases.
  6. Have developed clinical skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions.
  1. Pathophysiology of and treatment of adrenal and thyroid diseases. Principles for the treatment of the following infectious diseases: a. Meningitis, endocarditis, intra-abdominal infections, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, cellulitis b. Upper respiratory tract infections (sinusitis, otits media, pharyngitis) c. Lower respiratory infections (bronchitis, pneumonia, chronic lung sepsis, tuberculosis) d. Gastrointestinal diseases (gastroenteritis, giardisis, travellor’s diarrhoea, cholera, campylobacter enteritis, salmonella enteritis, shigellosis, biliary tract infection) e. Urinary tract infections f. Sexually transmitted diseases g. HIV-AIDS, including opportunistic infections h. Systemic fungal diseases
  2. Reproduction and women’s health (including labour, infertility, menopause, gynaecological disorders and contraception)
  3. Men’s health (including erectile dysfunction and disorders of the prostrate)
  4. The course will also provide experience in developing clinical skills by clinical skills training and/or clinical placements. The course will also include visits to hospital and community pharmacies and students will be required to deliver case presentations.
Replacing Course(s) PHAR6011 Pharmacotherapeutics 3 a 20 unit course divided into 2 10 unit courses
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge PHAR6212 Pharmacotherapeutics 2
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Clinical
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Class - Written mid trimester examination may comprise one or more of the following formats: True/False, multiple choice, short answer questions, calculations and case study scenarios. Course learning objectives 1,2,5
  • Examination: Formal - Written examination at the end of Trimester. May comprise one or more of the following formats: True/False, multiple choice,short answer questions, calculations and case study scenarios. Course learning objectives 1,2,3,4,5
  • Other: (please specify) - Placement workbook and reflective journal/clinical skills assessment Course learning objectives 6
  • Other: (please specify) - Each examination component will test a student's competency in one or more of the course objectives since these form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist. Students must achieve a passing grade in the formal examination and overall to be able to obtain a passing or higher grade in this course. In addition, students must satisfactorily complete the placement and/or clinical skills training during this course. This will be determined by satisfactory completion of their placement workbook, reflective journal and preceptor appraisals.
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.
  • Compulsory Course Component: OHS-Criminal Record Check
  • Compulsory Program Component: Prior successful completion of PHAR6212 Pharmacotherapeutics 2 and be concurrently enrolled in PHAR6221 Pharmacy Practice 5 and PHAR6222 Pharmacotherapeutics 3. National Police Check, Working with Children and Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunisation record and Patient Confidentiality Form.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6223

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