This unit (HFB1002) provides students with knowledge of pharmacology principles: pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and routes of administration; basic mechanisms underlying the action of drugs on the body systems; the principles of the quality use of medicines and potential therapeutic effects and adverse drug reactions. Students will also explore the legal and ethical foundations of pharmacotherapy and culturally safe practice in various clinical scenarios. Selected drugs affecting the peripheral nervous system will be presented in more detail.

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HBM1001 - Anatomy and Physiology 1 and

HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss the quality use of medicines and authoritative sources for drug information;  
  2. Articulate the basic principles of pharmacological concepts: pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and associated medicinal chemistry;  
  3. Explain the potential therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs; and  
  4. Interpret and explain the clinical indications for, and adverse effects of, autonomic nervous system agonists and antagonists, and somatic agents.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Professional Website Based Module (120 mins) 15%
Exercise Worksheet 25%
Test MCQ Test (40mins) 30%
Presentation Case Study Presentation (5mins individual) 30%

Required reading

Pharmacology for health professionals 5th ed.
Bryant, B., Knights, K., Rowland, A. and Darroch, S. (2018)
Sydney: Mosby Elsevier

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