PHR2142 - Comprehensive Care: Cardiovascular - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Assoc Professor Paul White


Assoc Professor Paul White
Dr Benny Effendie (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


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PHR1021 How Medicines Work I

PHR1031 How the Body Works

PHR1012 Professional Practice II

PHR2011 Professional Practice III

PHR1022 How Medicines Work II

PHR2021 How Medicines Work III

PHR2041 Comprehensive Care: Respiratory and Gastrointestinal

PHR2141 Comprehensive Care: Dermatology and Pain


This unit provides the knowledge and skills required for the diagnosis and therapeutic management of patients with cardiovascular conditions. Specifically, the unit will cover cardiovascular diseases and disorders such as hypertension, heart failure, atherosclerosis and thromboembolic disorders. This unit will relate the pathophysiology and epidemiology of these conditions with the rational design and clinical use of medicines. The chemistry, pharmacology, disposition, and clinical and therapeutic aspects of medicines associated with each condition are presented in an integrated fashion. This unit will involve the development of pharmacy relevant skills such as critical thinking and oral and written communication skills. Drug therapy principles for treating cardiovascular conditions will be emphasised, enabling students to acquire the skills necessary to optimise patient outcomes in different cultural settings.


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

  1. Describe how the structure and function of the cardiovascular system is affected by disease
  2. Describe the epidemiology and clinical aspects of disease state management for cardiovascular conditions, including primary and secondary prevention strategies
  3. Describe the signs and symptoms, and diagnostic methods relevant to cardiovascular conditions
  4. Explain the mechanism of action of drugs used in treatment of cardiovascular conditions, and predict how this leads to the treatment of disease and possible side effects
  5. List and prioritise drug and non-drug therapy options for the management of acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions
  6. Evaluate a patient's cardiovascular condition and create a patient specific care plan which applies established clinical guidelines and a comprehensive clinical review of potential drug-related problems
  7. Evaluate and justify when referral for medical assessment is required, with a particular emphasis on symptoms indicative of referral
  8. Apply counselling strategies that provide support and optimise behavioural change for patients with cardiovascular conditions
  9. Using a multidisciplinary healthcare team approach, develop and articulate appropriate clinical and communication strategies to treat cardiovascular conditions


Final examination 40%; in-semester assessment 60%

Workload requirements

  • Seventy-two hours of independent study
  • Twenty-four hours of pre-learning activities (up to 4 hours per week for 6 weeks)
  • Twenty-four hours of active learning lectures (4 hours per week for 6 weeks)
  • Twenty-four hours of small group classes including assessment (4 hours per week for 6 weeks)
  • One 2-hour written examination

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