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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 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
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Lorraine Walker (Gippsland)


There is an abundance of medicinal and therapeutic agents used as part of contemporary health care. The aim of this unit is to develop in students an understanding of the basic principles of pharmacology as they relate to nursing. The unit intends to provide a sound knowledge base encompassing pharmacological and practical aspects of handling, administration and storage of drugs as part of the overall plan in care of clients.


  1. Describe pharmacological concepts and their relevance to therapeutic drug administration in nursing practice;
  2. utilise mathematical principles in the accurate calculation of drug dosages for preparation and administration of medications;
  3. analyse the problems associated with drug administration, including drug interactions and the use of drugs across the life-span;
  4. describe the legal and professional requirements associated with quality use of medications including safe drug administration, storage and handling;
  5. explain the principles of drug treatment in common disease and non disease states or conditions, resuscitation and poisoning;
  6. discuss the philosophy and contribution of pharmacology in relation to other non-drug and complementary therapies in promoting health and well-being;
  7. explain the nursing implications of caring for patients receiving drug therapy;
  8. explore and evaluate the educational needs of clients in relation to their pharmacology and health status;
  9. demonstrate safe clinical practice in relation to drug administration based on sound pharmaceutical knowledge, and
  10. store, handle and administer medications in accordance with legislation relevant to their jurisdiction.


Formal Examination: 50%
Mastery Calculation Test: 10%
Written Assignments-Care Plans: 30%
On-line quiz: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Lorraine Walker