NURSING 1009 - Pharmacology for Nursing I
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code NURSING 1009 Course Pharmacology for Nursing I Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences 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 Restrictions Restricted to B. Nursing students only 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 Coordinator: Dr Janet Coller
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
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 as to how and why doses need to be adjusted for specific patient factors. 9 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. 10 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-10 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-10 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1-10 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-10 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
NA Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere are no required resources for this course.
Recommended ResourcesBullock S and Manias E, 2017 Fundamentals of Pharmacology, 8th Ed. Pearson Australia.
Australian Medicines Handbook 2019, online version available via Barr Smith Library Catalogue
Online LearningThis course will be supported by a range of online supports within MyUni
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesContent 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 in teaching blocks with a maximum of 4 x 1 hr lectures and 1 x 2 hr tutorial per week in the teaching block. This will be variable and students will need to consult the current year of study course timetable for exact details.
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. Introduction to Pharmacology
2. Drug names & classifications
3. How do drugs work? I Targets & Mechanisms
4. How do drugs work? II Pharmacodynamics
5. Controlled drugs
6. Drug regulation / scheduling in Australia
7. Drug discovery & development
8. Basic pharmacokinetic concepts
9. Routes of drug administration
10. Factors influencing drug absorption, distribution, elimination
11. Factors influencing drug clearance, half-life, bioavailability, volume of distribution, first-pass
12. Principles of individualisation of drug therapy: Drug dosing & disease / patient factors
13. Drug dosing & interactions
14. Drug prescriptions & dispensing
15. Drug dosing principles
16. Drug dosing exercises
17. Adverse drug reactions
18. Safe drug administration to non-cooperative patients & IV fluids
19. Occupational health & storing / handling drugs
20. Medication management plans
Tutorial series 1. Lecture 2-4 content
2. Lecture 5-8 content
3. Lecture 9-12 content
4. Lecture 13-16 content
5. Lecture 17-20 content
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe SGDE for first year students is provided for in Health Assessment and Clinical Nursing I
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Lecture based online assignment Formative 0% 1-2 Lecture based online assignments (x2) Summative 20% (10% x2) 3-10 Mid-semester test Summative 25% 1-8 Drug Profile assignment Summative 20% 1-10 Exam Summative 35% 1-10
Assessment DetailASSESSMENT 1: Lecture based online assignment
Lecture based online assignment: formative to allow students to become familiar with submission process, encourage engagement with the material presented in lectures and support the development of knowledge required for clinical placement.
ASSESSMENT 2: Lecture based online assignment (x2)
Lecture based online assignment: summative, encourage engagement with the material presented in lectures and support the development of knowledge required for clinical placement.
ASSESSMENT 3: Mid semester test
Mid semester test, online: Conducted in the middle of the course to give feedback. This test will confirm the retention of particular aspects of pharmacology and will encourage students to consider extended application of pharmacology concepts to ‘real’ life clinical situations.
ASSESSMENT 4: Drug profile assignment
Drug profile assignment, online: This online exercise requires you to conduct library-based research examining major drug classes and their use in the treatment of major human diseases, as concepts covered in lectures often make more sense after seeing them exemplified in assigned disease and treatment.
ASSESSMENT 5: Exam
End of semester exam, Will assess a range of semester content.
SubmissionAll online assignments will be completed using the MyUni quiz portal links during the specified times. No additional submission is required.
Extensions are generally awarded for no more than 10 working days unless there are exceptional circumstances.
To apply for an Assessment Extension, a student must submit an application for extension form to the course coordinator prior to the assessment deadline. You will find this in the MyUni course folder.
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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.
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The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
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 (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) 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.Where possible the feedback regarding ways to improve the course from students who took this course in semester 2 2018 has been incorporated to improve course content and delivery in 2019 with our responses to these as follows:
Some students expressed that there were too many lectures / tutorials in the teaching blocks. Unfortunately, due to the timetabling constraints of the program we are not able to decrease the number of lectures in some weeks of the teaching blocks or change the timing of these lectures to remove breaks for some students.
Regarding the lecture content at times being difficult, we will do our best to add extra examples to illustrate concepts and the course discussion board is actively monitored to ensure all questions regarding course content are answered within 24 hours.
It has also been suggested that the tutorial sessions could be expanded with regards to the time to go over content addressed in the questions as opposed to having time set aside at the beginning of the session to answer the questions in smaller groups of students. However, this would assume that all students have had sufficient time to attempt the questions before the session which is not always possible when teaching in compressed blocks. We have also looked at improving the interactive nature of the tutorial sessions, but this will only work if everyone prepares answers to the tutorial questions before they come to the session.
Students are to ensure they are familiar with the contents of the 2019 School of Nursing Student Handbook and Style Guide. A PDF of this document is available through MyUni.
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