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PAC3421

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Parkville First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Dan Malone (Parkville); Dr Lee Chooi Yeng (Malaysia)

Synopsis

This unit provides a foundation of basic knowledge required for the diagnosis and management of patients with respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases. This unit will relate the pathophysiology of these disorders with the rational design and clinical use of drugs. The chemistry, pharmacology and clinical aspects of medications associated with each area are presented in detail in an integrated fashion.

This will involve the study of:

  • pathophysiology of respiratory diseases
  • chemistry of drugs used in respiratory diseases
  • pharmacology of drugs used in respiratory diseases
  • respiratory disease state management
  • pathophysiology of gastrointestinal diseases
  • chemistry of drugs used in gastrointestinal diseases
  • pharmacology of drugs used in gastrointestinal diseases
  • gastrointestinal disease state management.

Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiology and concepts of disease state management of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases;
  2. Describe the normal function of the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, and the signs and symptoms likely to be seen in patients with respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders;
  3. Appraise when referral for medical assessment is required, with a particular emphasis on symptoms indicative of referral;
  4. Reflect on their primary care response to symptoms, communication and counselling skills with respect to the supply of non-prescription medicines used for respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases;
  5. Describe the chemistry of the different types of drugs used to treat respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders and the chemical and biological principals behind the development of a range of drugs used to treat these disorders;
  6. Examine the mechanism of action of drugs used in treatment of gastrointestinal disease, and appreciate how this leads to the treatment of disease, as well as side effects produced;
  7. Demonstrate how drug and non-drug therapy options for the management of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases contribute to primary and secondary prevention strategies for respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases;
  8. Evaluate a patient's respiratory and/or gastrointestinal disease state, identify any drug therapy problems and recommend appropriate resolutions of those problems.

Assessment

Final exam (3 hour): 60%; on-going assessments: 40%.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Thirty six 1-hour lectures
  • Three 3-hour tutorials

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Prerequisites

PAC2412 Integrated therapeutics: Introduction and cardiovascular
PAC2182 Basis of drug action II

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