PGC5110 - Infectious diseases pharmacotherapy - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


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

Unit guides





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.


On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Prepare and analyse treatment plans that optimise the use of antimicrobials.
  2. Recommend evidence based approaches to manage patients requiring antimicrobial treatment.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking, communication skills relevant to peers and patients and problem-solving, with a focus on infectious diseases related and antimicrobial related topics.
  4. Critically reflect on their individual learning process and progress in clinical competence.


Assignment: 30%

Contribution to on-line discussions: 50%

Submission of a learning portfolio: 20% (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


There are no prerequisites however it is preferable for students to have completed PGC5101 Evidence based practice prior to enrolling into this unit.


PGC5010, PGC5003

This unit cannot be taken with PGC5103 Patient data and pharmacotherapy 2 without prior approval from the Course Director as there is significant overlap in content.