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PC3005 - Nervous System and Mental Health for Pharmacists

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to level 3 Bachelor of Pharmacy students.

This subject is designed to introduce the student to some of the conditions that are associated with the central and peripheral nervous systems. You will learn about the pathophysiology of these conditions and their clinical management. Mental health includes a variety of conditions such as depression, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. In addition you will learn about a number of neurological conditions including epilepsy and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimber's Disease. Consequently the number of drugs included in this subject is vast and you will learn about their side effect profiles, contraindications and in particular the appropriate use of therapeutic drug monitoring. This subject also seeks to build and develop students written and communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • to describe the pathophysiology of the central and peripheral nervous systems;
  • to describe the clinical presentation of a number of conditions affecting the central and peripheral nervous system;
  • to identify and appraise the clinical management of conditions affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems;
  • to describe the principles of therapeutic drug monitoring in the rational use of drugs used in the management of conditions affecting the nervous system and mental health disorders;
  • to indicate appropriate use of over the counter and complementary medications and identify contraindications of use;
  • to discuss the role, responsibilities and resources available to the pharmacists in the management of patients with a chronic mental health condition.
Prerequisites: All level 2 BPharm subjects
PP2231 and PP3252


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Aaron Drovandi
Lecturers: Mr David Herron, Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Professor Beverley Glass.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 40 hours lectures
  • 4 hours tutorials
  • 18 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); osce (25%); quizzes (15%).

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.