PHR3042 - Acute Care: Inquiry Cases - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Steven Walker


Steven Walker
Sameerah Shaikh Abdul Rahman (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


PHR1011 Professional Practice I

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

PHR2012 Professional Practice IV

PHR2042 Endocrinology & Renal

PHR2142 Cardiovascular

PHR3041 Blood, Brain & Cancers

PHR3141 Pathogens, Host Defense & Treatment


Acute care is where a patient receives active treatment for a severe injury or episode of illness, an urgent medical condition, or during recovery from surgery. This unit will provide students with the knowledge and skills required for the diagnosis and therapeutic management of patients presenting with acute care conditions. The unit will explore conditions affecting a range of patient groups and will include, but is not limited to, acute infectious illnesses, oncological disorders and solid organ transplantation. This unit will relate the pathophysiology and epidemiology of these conditions with the rational design and quality use of medicines. The unit will integrate knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology, therapeutics and evidence-based practice to guide therapeutic decision making. This unit will enable students to apply and refine their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as oral and written communication skills.


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

  1. Describe the epidemiology and clinical aspects of management to acute care illnesses
  2. Describe the signs, symptoms, and diagnostic methods relevant to acute care illnesses
  3. Explain mechanisms of action for drugs used in the treatment of a variety of acute care illnesses, and relate this to disease management and possible side effects
  4. In the context of familiar or unfamiliar acute care illnesses, evaluate a patient's condition and create a patient centred care plan (Monash Model of CARE plan) which applies established clinical guidelines and evidence-based principles to address medication-related problems
    1. Gather and integrate information concerning the chemistry and pharmacology of medicines, patient specific factors as well as evidence-based literature to identify potential management options to treat acute care illnesses
    2. List and prioritise drug and non-drug therapy options for the management of these conditions
    3. Incorporate patient specific factors and evidence-based principles to rationalise and defend recommended management options.
    4. Develop a strategy to evaluate response to recommended patient management plan.
    5. Evaluate and justify when referral for medical assessment is required, with a particular emphasis on symptoms indicative of referral when appropriate
    6. Develop, apply and communicate education strategies that provide support and optimise patient-centred relationships and outcomes
  5. Reflect on the development and implementation of the Monash Model of CARE plan
  6. Using a multidisciplinary healthcare team approach, develop and articulate appropriate clinical and communication strategies to:
    1. Manage immediate complications of acute care illnesses
    2. Respond to medication related questions
    3. Ensure continuity of disease management at important transitions of patient care.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in simulated clinical settings by applying clinical reasoning and collaborative decision making to communicate a medication management plan that optimises patient outcomes


Assessment will comprise:

  • 50% final exams
  • 50% in semester assessments

For the exams and in semester assessments, all learning outcomes will be assessed.

Workload requirements

  • One hundred and forty-four hours of independent study
  • Forty-eight hours of pre-learning activities (up to 4 hours per week)
  • Forty-eight hours of active learning lectures (4 hours a week)
  • Forty-eight hours of small group classes including assessment (4 hours per week)
  • One 2-hours written examination
  • One 1.5 hours written examination

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