PGC5104 - Patient data and pharmacotherapy 3 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Mr John Coutsouvelis

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at

Unit guides





This unit examines aspects of clinical laboratory data, monitoring patient signs and symptoms and issues in therapeutics. Areas covered are: oncology, emergency medicine, critical care & nephrology. 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:

  1. Implement a standardised approach to patient care in complex acute care settings.
  2. Describe the pathophysiology of selected disease states and explain the rationale and expected outcomes for drug therapy.
  3. Use current best evidence to determine and justify a valid/optimal therapeutic approach to management of these disease states.
  4. Develop, with an evidence based rationale, customised management and monitoring plans considering patient specific parameters, clinical test results and pharmacokinetic parameters.
  5. Critically reflect on and consolidate their individual learning process and progress in clinical competence.


Participation in on-line discussion(s): 30% (hurdle)

Assignments: 40%

Submission of a learning portfolio: 30% (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in tutorials or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Clinical pharmacy practice


PGC5103 (PGC5003). Students are also required to be working in an Australian or New Zealand hospital clinical setting. Other applicants must contact the course director.


PGC5004 (PGC6004)