Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop knowledge and skills to identify the effects of medications on physiological, biochemical and pathophysiological body systems. Students will apply systematic clinical assessment and evidence based critical thinking skills to justify rationales for the initiation/instigation of therapeutic medications and treatment plans in mental health nursing practice.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKate Emond

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesStudents will participate in summative and formative activities including online lectures, reflective activities, participation with peers,analysis of case studies and scenarios online, online skills sessions, online quizzes, written assessments and an oral presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeStudents have obtained knowledge required to successfully complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent Satisfactory computer skills in Microsoft Word or equivalent programs.

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days requiredNo minimum hours required.

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsStudents must seek out opportunities to link theoretical learning to practice.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Expand your knowledge and use of psycho-pharmacology, including medication management, for common mental health and illness issues.
02. Critically analyse information to enable informed clinical decision making to solve problems in the management and of delivery pharmacological interventions.
03. Describe principles of pharmacology, including the differences between pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, the manner in which medications are absorbed, distributed, metabolised and excreted in the body.
04. Demonstrate evidence of collaborative care and communicate treatment plan clearly to patients, families and other health professionals.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, LTU Term 5, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKate Emond

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 37 - 42
One 2.00 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 37 to week 42 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1500 word equivalent Evidence of engagement and interaction.

N/AOtherCombinedNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

2000 word equivalent Written Assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

1500 word equivalent Online oral presentation

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4