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PC2003 - Integrated Metabolism and Nutrition for Pharmacists

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

Available to students enrolled in level 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

Patients frequently present to pharmacists with common ailments of the gastrointestinal system and for advice about nutrition and supplements. Students will be taught the fundamentals of the pharmaceutics of liquid dosage forms and their use in therapeutics and the appropriate use of complementary, traditional and alternative medicines. The subject will also cover the formulation, manufacture, storage and transportation of sterile dosage forms, such as total parenteral nutrition and intravenous fluids and the importance of maintaining cold chain in rural areas. The relevance of metabolic processes in designing drug regimes for patients that include the appropriate use of complementary and alternative therapies will also be covered.Students will explore the pathophysiology, therapeutics and prevention of common gastrointestinal and eating disorders and the fundamentals of pharmaceutics. The nutritional status of the patient and the importance of adequate nutriton will be discussed, including the nutritional needs of infants.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of the metabolic processes and their relevance to drug metabolism;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the use of over the counter medications, complementary, traditional and alternative medicines and the contraindications for their use with some prescribed medications;
  • demonstrate and apply the pharmaceutical principles underlying liquid dosage formulations used by the pharmacist in dispensing;
  • describe the pathophysiology and therapeutics of the gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary system and eating disorders;
  • develop an understanding of the principles of nutrition, dietetics and the nutritional requirements of infants;
  • outline the principles of sterile manufacturing.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Prerequisites: All level 1 BPharm subjects


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Martina Mylrea, <Person not found>
Lecturers: Mr David Herron, Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Mrs Gillian Knott, Professor Beverley Glass, Dr Martina Mylrea, <Person not found>, Dr Murray Davies, <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (25%); assignments (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.