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PC3002 - Cardiovascular and Renal Therapeutics for Pharmacists

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

Available to students enrolled in level 3 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of morbidity and mortality in the Australian population and renal disease is of high prevalence in tropical areas and indigenous populations. This subject will address the incidence, causative factors, pathophysiology, therapeutics and prevention of cardiovascular and renal problems relevant to pharmacy practice. An emphasis will be placed on an understanding of the Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) with particular relevance to issues experienced by older Australians, indigenous and rural populations. The student will also be exposed to transplant medicine and how pharmacists can assist with determining appropriate drug regimens used in these patients.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an understanding of the QUM principles and how they particularly apply to the elderly population;
  • develop an understanding of the clinical presentation, drug treatment, prevention and education of people with acute and chronic cardiovascular and renal problems, especially those living in indigenous populations and tropical areas;
  • develop an understanding of transplantation physiology, therapeutic drug monitoring and treatment with respect to renal and heart/lung transplants;
  • discuss the incidence and lifestyle issues causing cardiovascular and renal disease in the Australian population and the national priorities and strategies in place to address this issue;
  • discuss the rational drug treatment of acute and chronic renal and cardiovascular diseases;
  • outline the lifestyle issues related to the prevention of cardiovascular and renal disease in the wider community;
  • outline the pathophysiology and therapeutics of cardiovascular diseases, coagulation disorders and renal disease and disorders (including nephrology and urology).

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 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 2 BPharm subjects
PP2231 and PP3251 and PP3252


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); osce (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.