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Unit Overview


This is an umbrella unit comprising (1) pharmacology and pathology (infectious diseases) lectures offered as part of the unit IMED4121 Systems-based Learning 1 for postgraduate medical students; (2) lectures and a complementary workshop on pharmacokinetics and drug-drug interactions; and (3) a module on complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs). Topics covered in the pharmacology stream include diseases affecting bone health and joints, pain and pain treatments, central nervous system disorders and heart diseases while infectious diseases lectures build on the foundations laid in last semester's Foundations of Clinical Science unit. The pharmacokinetics module includes lectures on general pharmacokinetic principles as well as on drug-drug interactions concerning adsorption, metabolism and excretion. In the light of a rapidly rising popularity of complementary and alternative medicines the complexity of the CAM market, its inherent challenges and potential pitfalls will be discussed with a particular focus on the critical evaluation of those segments that are of particular importance in a pharmacy context.

6 points

Students are able to (1) understand various infectious and non-infectious diseases that affect bone health and joints; (2) understand the aetiology of neuropathic pain and treatment strategies; (3) be familiar with various strategies to treat conditions of the central nervous system; (4) understand issues associated with a range of infections and the challenges involved in the treatment of infections in immunocompromised patients; (5) understand various heart diseases and their pharmacological treatment options; (6) understand general pharmacokinetic principles and be able to interpret pharmacokinetic data; and (7) be familiar with the most common complementary medicines encountered in a pharmacy context and be able to assess their effectiveness and safety based on scientific evidence.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) infectious disease online module; (2) pharmacokinetics test; (3) mid-semester pharmacology test; (4) oral presentation on a complementary medicine; and (5) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Connie Locher
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Pharmacy
Contact hours
lectures: 45 hours
seminars: 9 hours
labs: 3 hours
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.