Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2012 (Online)
Parkville Second semester 2012 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Ms Sharmila Khumra

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/courses/pg-coursework/contact.html


This unit will provide a broad overview or introduction to the treatment and management 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.


Assignment 1: 35%
Assignment 2: 35%
Contribution to on-line discussions: 30%
Submission of a learning portfolio: pass/fail. A pass in this assessment task is required for an overall pass in this unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Sharmila Khumra

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 diseases, Pharmacy, Pharmacotherapy


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 and pharmacotherapy II without prior approval from the relevant Course Director as there is significant overlap in content.