PGC5102 - Advanced therapeutics 1 - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Laura Dean


Ms Laura Dean

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




PGC5101 (PGC5001)




Previously coded PGC5002


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 patient care in both hospital and community settings. Students must be practicing pharmacists in positions with patient contact. To undertake this unit students are required to contribute their own cases.


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

  1. Implement a standardised approach to patient care in a range of healthcare 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 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 online discussion boards or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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