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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3 points, SCA Band 2, 0.0625 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville Term 3 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Adriana Tiziani

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


Burns can present serious problems. Burn injuries can affect the nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems that impact on thermal regulation, muscle function and fluid balance. This module will cover the aetiology of burns including thermal, chemical, electrical and radiation burns; the classification of burns; the role and application of debriding, grafting and tissue engineering as strategies to effectively manage the different types of burns; factors that influence the strategies used to manage wounds such as the age of the victim, pre-existing conditions such as diabetes; and issues associated with scarring and contracture.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms of injury and physiology of burns. + Explain immediate first aid and emergency management of a burns injury.
  • Describe the management of burns in terms of severity of burn, topical management, surgical management, pain control, nutritional support.
  • Identify and explain the potential complications associated with burn injury.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the rehabilitation and long-term consequences of burn injury.


Minor assignment: 30%
Major written assignment: 60%
Participation in online tutorials: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Adriana Tiziani

Contact hours

Students are expected to allow 3- 6 hours per week over the semester in study time.

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