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PC2204 - Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics for Pharmacists

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

A thorough knowledge of pharmacological principles is essential for pharmacists to understand how drugs work, and to allow them to make clinical decisions on behalf of patients to ensure the safety and efficacy of their therapy. Key mechanisms of normal cellular messaging and other introductory concepts will lead into a thorough exploration of important pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic principles. These principles are reinforced by applying them to clinical situations including conducting relevant calculations. Students will also examine the implication of genetics in pharmacy practice, focusing on how inter-patient genetic variation results in variable individual responses to pharmacological therapy. This subject will also introduce the student to the emerging field of in-pharmacy genetic testing and subsequent counselling of patients regarding the results.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the role of key hormones, electrolytes and neurotransmitters in the regulation of homeostasis, and normal cellular and organ function;
  • Apply key pharmacodynamic principles (cell/receptor interactions, agonism, antagonism and dose response) to explain the action of drugs in the body;
  • Describe and apply key pharmacokinetic principles of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion;
  • Describe the impact of changes in select patient parameters (age, weight, organ impairment or failure, comorbidity) on dose schedules, drug efficacy and patient safety;
  • Relate the pharmacology of commonly used medicines to their role in disease management or prevention;
  • Identify and explain the influence of genetics in pharmacy practice and how inter- patient variation alters an individuals response to pharmacological treatment.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Pharmacokinetics Modelling - (20%) - Group
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (30%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Portfolio - (10%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: BM1000 AND PC1001 AND PC1002 AND CH1001 AND PC1103

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Face to face teaching (Compulsory weekly face-to-face attendance at the Cairns campus. Compulsory residential attendance is required at the Townsville campus during lecture recess)
Coordinator: Dr Robi Islam
Lecturers: Mrs Joanne Roache, Mrs Gillian Knott, Dr Margaret Jordan, Assoc. Professor John Smithson, Mr Shane MacDonald, Mrs Amanda Mackay, Ms Michelle Rothwell, Ms Ruth Nona Renshaw, Mrs Monika Leka.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 12 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 6 hours workshops - Residential
  • 32 hours - Guided Learning Sessions
  • 36 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Mackay, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Face to face teaching (Compulsory weekly face-to-face attendance at the Mackay campus. Compulsory residential attendance is required at the Townsville campus during lecture recess)
Coordinator: Dr Robi Islam
Lecturers: Mrs Joanne Roache, Mrs Gillian Knott, Dr Margaret Jordan, Assoc. Professor John Smithson, Mr Shane MacDonald, Mrs Amanda Mackay, Ms Michelle Rothwell, Ms Ruth Nona Renshaw, Mrs Monika Leka.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 12 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 6 hours workshops - Residential
  • 32 hours - Guided Learning Sessions
  • 36 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Face to face teaching (Compulsory weekly face-to-face attendance at the Townsville campus. Compulsory residential attendance is required at the Townsville campus during lecture recess)
Coordinator: Dr Robi Islam
Lecturers: Mrs Joanne Roache, Mrs Gillian Knott, Dr Margaret Jordan, Assoc. Professor John Smithson, Mr Shane MacDonald, Mrs Amanda Mackay, Ms Michelle Rothwell, Dr Robi Islam, Ms Ruth Nona Renshaw, Mrs Monika Leka.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 12 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 6 hours workshops - Residential
  • 32 hours - Guided Learning Sessions
  • 36 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.