Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is an advanced subject that will help you to develop your knowledge and skills to identify the effects of medications on physiological, biochemical & Pathophysiological processes. Over twelve weeks you will work in small class sizes both online and in practice, you will utilise systematic clinical assessment, commonwealth & state legislation, policy and regulation, the Quality Use of Medications and the Nurse Practitioner Standards for Practice and apply this knowledge gained to justify rationales for the initiation/instigation of medication administration & prescribing considerations. Your learning will be assessed through a presentation, in class exams and performance in practice.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKathy Tori

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPharmacologyPrescribedRang, H P, Dale, M M, Ritter, J M & Moore, P 20127TH EDN, CHURCHILL LIVINGSTON
ReadingsAustralian Medicines HandbookRecommended2014RACGP, PSA,& ASCEPT
ReadingsClinical PharmacologyRecommendedFord, S M, & Roach, S S 2010LIPPINCOTT
ReadingsEthics and Law for Australian nursesRecommendedAtkins, K, Brittion, B & deLacy 2011CAMBRIDGE
ReadingsFundamentals of PharmacologyRecommendedBullock, S & Manias, E 2010PEARSON
ReadingsLaboratory tests and diagnostic procedures with nursing diagnosesRecommendedCorbett, J V, & Banks, A D 20138TH EDN, PEARSON
ReadingsPharmacology for the health professionalRecommendedBryant B, Knights, K & Salerno, E 20103RD EDN, MOSBY: AUSTRALIA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply advanced practice nursing knowledge, skills &/or equipment/technology to conduct a comprehensive and systematic clinical assessment for a patient specific to your clinical practice in regards to pharmacological intervention.

Online activity; Clinical practicum in patient setting assessment one, two and three.

02. Distinguish between the fundamental principles of pharmacology, including the differences between pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, including the manner in which medications are absorbed, distributed, metabolised and excreted in the body.

Online activity; Clinical practicum in patient care setting assessment one, two and three.

03. Make informed judgements and develop plans in response to well defined scenarios, based on assessment, review and analysis of relevant and substantial medication information within your speciality practice area.

Online activity; Clinical practicum in patient care setting assessment one, two and three.

04. Critically analyse current knowledge, and apply clinical reasoning skills to plan and deliver medication education to patient / significant others in their clinical practice using a systematic approach and incorporate a working knowledge of the individual influences of medication adherence.

Online activity; written exercise, Clinical practicum in patient care setting assessment one, two and three.

05. Justify the rationale for medication selection, including dosage, route and duration, in relation to diagnostic. Laboratory test results and other clinically relevant findings to patient's in their clinical specialty practice areas.

Online activity; Clinical practicum in patient care setting assessment one, two and three.

06. Apply ethical standards to new contexts within advanced nursing practice and the roles and responsbilities for safe prescribing of medicatons.

Online activity; Clinical practicum in patient care setting assessment one, two and three.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2016, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKathy Tori

Class requirements

Directed Reading
One 140.0 hours directed reading per study period and delivered via online.
"Fully online equivalent to 140 directed & self-directed learning hours. Delivered over 12 weeks."

Problem Based Learning
One 10.0 hours problem based learning per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Confirmation of advanced practice at an approved organisationHurdle requirement 05, 04, 03, 02, 01, 06
One 2.5-hour examination (equivalent to 2,500-words)50 02, 01, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 20-minute oral case study presentation with an expert panel. (equivalent to 1,000-words).20 02, 01, 03, 06, 05, 04
Three Problem Based Learning written case studies 10% each case study (1,500-words)30 01, 02, 05, 04, 03, 06