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 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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.
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.
Assumed Knowledge PHAR6113 Pharmacokinetics PHAR6114 Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Assessment Items
  • Formal Examination: End of Trimester Examination *
  • Presentation: Individual case study report and group oral presentation
  • In Term Test: Class Examination *
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 32 hour(s) per Term Full Term (3 hours per week for 10 weeks and 1 hour per week for 2 weeks. A midterm test will be scheduled during trimester)
  • Tutorial: for 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term (1 hour per week for 6 weeks and 6 hours per week for 1 week.)
Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. (Students must achieve a passing grade in the combined examination assessment (mid-term and final examination)) 2. Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. (Students must achieve a passing grade in the combined examination assessment (mid-term and final examination))
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for PHAR6124
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