NURSING 1009 - Pharmacology for Nursing I

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Pharmacology for Nursing I introduces the science of pharmacology and considers the role of the registered nurse in the preparation, management and administration of medications. The course provides a working description of the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and identifies the role of nerve pathways in the action of drugs. An emphasis on understanding the action of medications, safe administration practices and competence in drug calculations is made.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 1009
    Course Pharmacology for Nursing I
    Coordinating Unit Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Description Pharmacology for Nursing I introduces the science of pharmacology and considers the role of the registered nurse in the preparation, management and administration of medications. The course provides a working description of the principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and identifies the role of nerve pathways in the action of drugs. An emphasis on understanding the action of medications, safe administration practices and competence in drug calculations is made.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Janet Coller

    Course Coordinator: Janet Coller
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3906
    Fax: +61 8 8224 0685
    Location: Room N515, Level 5, Medical School North, School of Medical Sciences
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 To develop a basic appreciation of important pharmacological terms, discuss the various systems of classification and naming of drugs, and develop an understanding of how drugs are regulated.
    2 To introduce basic pharmacodynamic concepts, including familiarity with drug-receptor interactions and dose-response relationships.
    3 To obtain an understanding of how drugs are discovered and developed.
    4 To obtain an understanding of the important terms used in pharmacokinetics, describe the events that occur from the time of drug entry into the body to drug exit from the body, and understand factors that influence drug pharmacokinetics.
    5 To develop a basic appreciation of the routes of drug administration and various forms of drug preparations.
    6 To describe the systems and processes used in the prescribing (including meaning and use of common abbreviations), dispensing and administration of medication.
    7 To develop a basic appreciation of the mechanisms of drug and disease interactions.
    8 To obtain an understanding of the fundamental skills required for drug dosage calculations, including numeracy and understanding of the international system of units, and obtain an understanding of the approaches used in therapeutic drug monitoring.
    9 To obtain an understanding of the principles of safe administration of drugs, and develop an appreciation for the occupational health issues in handling of medications and medication management plans.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 5, 6, 8
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4, 6, 7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 6, 7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7-9
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6, 8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 3, 7, 9
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Bullock S and Manias E, 2011 Fundamentals of Pharmacology, 6th Ed. Pearson Australia.
    Recommended Resources
    Australian Medicines Handbook 2014, online version available via Barr Smith Library Catalogue
    Online Learning
    This course will be supported by a range of online supports within MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Content will be mainly delivered in lectures and supplemented with tutorials.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload for this course requires attendance at:
    • 2 x 1 hour lecture per week
    • 1 x 1 hour tutorial / workshop per week.
    Non contact hours for assessment and tutorial preparation will be 4 hours per week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Pharmacology for Nursing I
    Lecture series (please note lecture order may be subject to change)
    1. What is a Drug?, terms and concepts

    2. Drug Nomenclature

    3. General Principles of drug administration

    4. General principles - abbreviations/ symbols used in prescriptions

    5. Modes of drug administration/ Drug preparations

    6. Calculating Drug Doses

    7. Law and Ethics related to drug administration

    8. Controlled substances/support systems to improve safety

    9. Storing and Handling Drugs/Documentation/medication errors

    10. Introduction to Pharmacodynamics - I

    11. Introduction to Pharmacodynamics - II

    12. Introduction to Pharmacokinetics -I

    13. Introduction to Pharmacokinetics -II

    14. Introduction to Pharmacokinetics - III

    15. Introduction to Pharmacokinetics - IV

    15. Drug discovery and development

    16. Adverse drug reactions

    17. Drug and Disease Interactions

    18. Medication management plans

    19. Occupational health issues in handling of medications/ Disposal of medication
    Tutorial series
    1. What is a Drug?, terms and concepts

    2. General Principles of drug administration / drug prescriptions

    3. Drug calculations 

    4. Introduction to Pharmacodynamics

    5. Introduction to Pharmacokinetics - I

    6. Introduction to Pharmacokinetics - II

    7. Introduction to Pharmacokinetics - III

    8. Drug discovery and development

    9. Controlled substances/support systems to improve safety

    10. Adverse drug reactions

    11. Medication management plans / occupational health and drugs
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The SGDE for first year students is provided for in Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing 2
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Mid-semester quiz Summative 25% 1-9
    Lecture based online quiz Formative nil 1-9
    Lecture based worksheets (x2) Summative 15% (7.5% x2) 1-9
    End of semester exam Summative 60% 1-9
    Assessment Detail
    ASSESSMENT 1: Mid semester quiz

    Mid semester quiz: a combination of MCQ and SAQ (short answer questions) conducted before mid-semester break to give formative feedback. The MCQ will confirm the retention of particular aspects of pharmacology while the SAQ will encourage students to consider extensded application of pharmacology concepts to ‘real’ life clinical situations.

    ASSESSMENT 2: Lecture based online quizzes (x3)

    Lecture based online quizzes (x3):  encourage engagement with the material presented in lectures and support the development of knowledge required for clinical placement.

    ASSESSMENT 3: End of semester exam

    End of semester exam: assessment of range of semester content.
    Unless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted. Cover sheets are required for all assignments and can be accessed from the School of Nursing website. Extension of 1 week for submission of assignments can automatically be granted when an online request is submitted. (Please see Study Guide for details) Requests must be made before the due date of the assignment. In principle, all assignments should be submitted by the due date. Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 5% of available marks for each working day after the due date. Work submitted more than ten days after the due date may be returned unmarked. This action will be taken to prevent students who do get their work in on time being disadvantaged.
    The policy for applying for extensions is outlined in the School Manual and the Study Guides.

    Whenever possible staff will turn around marked assignments within 4 weeks or earlier.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Students are to ensure they are familiar with the contents of the 2014 School of Nursing Student Handbook and Style Guide. A PDF of this document is available through MyUni.
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