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NS5347 - Quality Use of Medicines in Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject builds upon students' existing knowledge of pharmacology and explores principles relevant to the quality use of medicines in practice. Students will explore concepts and apply systems for reducing medication mishaps and administer and supply medications in vulnerable populations safely. Students will apply concepts of drug interactions to complex medication related scenarios and identify adverse drug reactions as well as evaluating response to medical therapy. Students will also explore legislative, regulatory and professional frameworks that inform the administration and supply of medications in their own practice setting. Finally, students will apply different sources of medication information and treatment guidelines to inform their own safe use of medicines and provide patient education.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply the principles of Quality Use of Medicines to practice;
  • apply legislative, regulatory and professional frameworks for safe use of medicines within own scope of practice;
  • interpret medication information to inform safe medication practice and provide consumer medicine education;
  • apply advanced pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles to the safe use of medications in vulnerable populations.
NS5921 NS5922


JCU Online, External, Study Period 83
Census Date 16-May-2019
Coordinator: Mrs Tracy Gardiner, Ms Penny Harris
Lecturers: Dr Narelle Biedermann, Dr Tracey Ahern, Mrs Tracy Gardiner, Dr Susan Edwards.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 60 hours - Online accelerated program, 10 hours/week for 6 weeks
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: Online - JCU
Assessment: case study (40%); online quiz (30%); oral presentation (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.