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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kathlyn Ronaldson


This unit provides explores the options for treatment and management of established health conditions at the individual level. It provides an introduction to pharmacology and an overview of other interventions commonly employed to manage illness and improve health. A case study approach will be used which looks at treatment options for key diseases (e.g., cancer).


On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the processes by which drugs act on, and are handled by, the human body.
  2. Explain the place of drugs in prevention and treatment of specific diseases.
  3. Explain the role of other therapeutic (non-drug) interventions in prevention and treatment of key diseases.
  4. Describe how drugs and other treatments are developed, evaluated and regulated.
  5. Discuss the social context of drug use and abuse
  6. Discuss the relationship between drug therapy and public health in local and global contexts.


Hurdle requirement: Students are required to attend 80% of tutorials
Written assignments (2) 60%
Exam (2 hour): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kathlyn Ronaldson

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week plus 9 hours per week private study


HSC1101 and HSC1102 or BMS1011 and BMS1021

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: