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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - 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 Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville Second semester 2011 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Ms Kirstie Galbraith


This unit will provide a broad overview or introducation to the treatment and mangement of infectious diseases. The focus will be on common infections seen in community and hospital settings, principles of microbiology and infectious diseases, antimicrobial use, and antimicrobial stewardship. The broad unit objectives are for students to develop and apply infectious diseases and antimicrobial use knowledge and skills in the care of patients, especially those with infections. These may be patients in the community or hospital settings. The knowledge and skills developed will be at a general level rather than at the level required for a specialist infectious diseases pharmacist.


This unit will provide students with the basic foundations required to optimise the use of anti-infectives, and manage patients with infections. The unit will:

  • introduce students to a range of topics relevant to the optimal use of anti-infectives and the management of patients with infections.
  • develop student's ability to manage patients requiring anti-infective therapies, and the use anti-infectives in-general.
  • develop student's skills in critical thinking, communication and problem-solving, with a focus on infectious diseases-related and anti-infectives-related topics.


Assessment will be by assignment work (2 assignments, 35% each), contribution to on-line discussions (30%) and submission of a learning portfolio (pass/fail only).

Chief examiner(s)

Kirstie Galbraith
David Kong

Contact hours

The student workload will be approximately 6-12 hours per week off campus

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Infectious diseasespharmacotherapypharmacy


There are no prerequisites however it is preferable for students to have completed PGC5001 Evidence based practice prior to enrolling into this unit.


This unit cannot be taken with PGC6003 Patient Data & Pharmacotherapy II or at the same time as PGC5002 Patient Data & Pharmacotherapy I or Patient Data & Pharmacotherapy III