pha3thc pharm prac therapeutics c




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject investigates the brain. Ultimately, behaviour is the outcome of cellular and molecular processes within the brain, and subtle changes in brain physiology will result in spectacular and often debilitating behavioural pathologies. Therapeutic intervention based on psychotropic drugs aims to restore or tweak brain physiology - while conceptually a sound approach, our understanding of how neurophysiology ultimately is expressed in behaviour, is limited. As a consequence, this subject will not provide you with answers, but aims to enable you to critically appraise therapeutic intervention. In addition, the pharmacy practice issues relating to neuropsychiatry will be addressed in a manner that highlights how psychotropic drugs can ameliorate the various disease states, and how they affect the overall condition of the patient.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChristine Kettle

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHA2THA and must be admitted in the Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours (SHPB).


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects PHA3PGD

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPharmacologyPrescribedRang, HP et al. 20127TH EDITION, CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE, EDINBURGH
ReadingsAustralian Medicines Handbook.RecommendedRossi, R, ed. 2009ADELAIDE: AUSTRALIAN MEDICINES HANDBOOK PTY LTD.
ReadingsEssential PsychopharmacologyRecommendedStahl, SM 20083RD EDITION, CAMBRIDGE UP
ReadingsGoodman & Gilman's Manual of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Soft cover portable volume)RecommendedBrunton, L & Parker, K eds. 2006MCGRAW-HILL
ReadingsTherapeutic Guidelines: Neurology, Psychotropic, AnalgesicRecommendedTherapeutic Guidelines LtdLATEST VERSION, THERAPEUTIC GUIDELINES LIMITED, NORTH MELBOURNE

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain the role of neurotransmitter systems in the operation of the central nervous system

The role of neurotransmitters will be taught in lectures, applied in drug research task, and assessed in exam

02. Relate the relevant class of drugs to activity at the molecular level, specifically effect on relevant receptors and other regulatory molecules and processes.

Behavioural disorders will be explained in lectures, applied in drug research task, and assessed in exam and presentations

03. Describe and explain the relationship between drug actions and therapeutic outcomes, specifically in the amelioration of clinical conditions related to the central nervous system.

Psychopharmacology will be taught in lectures, applied in drug research task, and assessed in presentations

04. Describe the absorption, elimination and metabolism of cardiovascular and respiratory drugs and relate this to clinical practice and how pharmacogenetics affects this.

Scientific rationale will be explained in lectures relating behaviour to brain function and drug therapy, applied in drug research task, and assessed in exam and presentations

05. Anticipate and rationalize interaction between drugs (including over-the-counter (OTC) preparations)

Researched information will be applied and assessed in presentations of drug research task.

06. Follow guidelines to critically assess drug use and disease states in a defined case study scenario.

Drug interations will be alerted to in lectures, applied in presentations

07. Initiate appropriate procedures for mental health first aid

Mental Health first aid course and certificate upon successful completion

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChristine Kettle

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 32 - 34
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 34 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
2 oral presentations (1 group and 1 individual) (750 word equivalent total)2002, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
Case study (1000 word equivalent)2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07
Online quiz and mental health activities (500 word equivalent) 1001, 02, 03, 05, 07
One 2-hour written examination5001, 02, 04, 06, 07