Pharmacotherapeutics 3

10 Units

Presents the pathophysiology of diseases and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Specific diseases covered in this course include neurology and mental health. The course will address the quality use of medicines in the treatment of these diseases. Application of the knowledge developed in this course will be complemented by clinical skills training. Case-based oral assessment will further develop communication skills that will assist with professional practice as a pharmacist. Development of this knowledge and skill base contributes to the core competency required of a pharmacist.

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 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Be able to describe the pathophysiology and management of neurological and mental health disorders;
  2. Be able to describe the quality use of medicines issues surrounding the therapeutic agents in the treatment of these diseases and the pharmacological mechanism of action of these agents;
  3. Have developed clinical skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions;
  4. Continue to develop oral communication skills.

This course will cover the pathophysiology, pharmacological mechanism of drug action, therapeutic treatment and practice issues in the management of:

  1. Neurological disorders (including headache, seizures disorders, neurodegenerative disorders and pain management)
  2. Mental health disorders (including anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, drug addiction, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and sleep disorder

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.

  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.
Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

Assumed Knowledge PHAR6212 Pharmacotherapeutics 2
Assessment Items
  • Formal Examination: Examination(s) mid- and end- Trimester *
  • Presentation: Written assignment and group presentation
  • Practical Demonstration: Satisfactory completion of clinical skills sessions. *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


Face to Face Off Campus 0 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. (Students must satisfactorily complete the clinical skills/simulation training to pass the course.) 2. Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. (Students must pass the combined written examination components to pass the course.)
  • Pre-Placement Requirements: 1. First Aid Certificate - students must complete a First Aid Certificate issued by an approved provider. 2. NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. 3. NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. 4. Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work.
Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for PHAR6222
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