Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rochelle Gellatly


For postgraduate coursework pharmacy discontinuation dates, please see http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/students/pg-coursework/unit-discontinuation-dates.html

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://monash.edu/pharm/future/contact/


This unit examines aspects of clinical laboratory data, monitoring patient signs and symptoms and issues in therapeutics. Areas covered include pharmacokinetics, clinical pharmacy, cardiology and topics in general medicine. The focus of these topics is acute care; cases will be hospital rather than community based. Students must be working in a clinical position to undertake this unit and will be required to contribute their own cases.


At completion of this unit it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of selected disease states and explain the rationale for drug therapy.
  • Describe the therapeutic approach to management of these disease states including reference to the latest available evidence.
  • Discuss the controversies in drug therapy.
  • Comment on new (investigational) approaches to drug therapy.
  • Identify the patient-specific parameters relevant in initiating drug therapy, and monitoring therapy (including alternatives, time-course of clinical and laboratory indices of therapeutic response and adverse effects).
  • Explain clinical interpretation of selected laboratory results in the context of patient monitoring.
  • Understand, define and calculate pharmacokinetic parameters to optimise drug dosing for specific patients.
  • Demonstrate clinical skills relevant to each therapeutic area being studied.


Participation in on-line discussion(s): 30% (hurdle)
Assignments: 40%
Submission of a learning portfolio: 30% (hurdle)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Students are expected to allow 10-12 hours per week over the semester in study time.

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


PGC5001 (VCG5011)