Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Phil Bergen (Parkville); Mr Tahir Mehmood Khan (Malaysia)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to disease state management and concepts common to a range of disease states and to provide an integrated foundation of basic knowledge of the chemistry, pharmacology and therapeutics required for the diagnosis and management of patients with infectious diseases. This unit also aims to develop students' generic skills in critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, leadership and working in teams.


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

  • Describe the epidemiology of a range of infectious diseases;
  • Discuss the chemistry, classification, functions and pharmaceutical aspects of a range of antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-parasitic agents;
  • Explain the pathophysiology of infectious diseases ;
  • Describe the mechanism of action of various classes of antimicrobials agents;
  • Describe the structure-activity relationships and mechanism of action of anti-infective agents;
  • Describe the signs and symptoms likely to be seen in patients with the disorders;
  • Diagnose minor infections by consideration of signs and symptoms, recommend suitable treatment options and counsel the patient;
  • Recognise when referral for medical assessment is required with a particular emphasis on cardinal symptoms;
  • Discuss the role of antimicrobials and their uses for various disease states;
  • Describe the problems of infectious disease world-wide and the major problems of resistance;
  • Identify the possibility of interactions between certain antimicrobials and other drugs and conditions;
  • Communicate with the patients and liaising with other health care professionals to monitor patient care;
  • Formulate a medical management program for a specific patient based on a diagnosis;
  • Identify any drug therapy problems and recommend appropriate resolutions of those problems;
  • Work in a team to achieve a common goal.


Problem based learning exercises and assignment: 25%; mid-semester tests 15%; written examination: 35%; objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) 25%

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Thirty six 1-hour lectures
  • One 3-hour tutorials

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


PAC2412 Integrated Therapeutics: Introduction and cardiovascular
PAC3191 Microbiology and immunology

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