Course Title: Chemotherapeutics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemotherapeutics

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Vincent Chan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7695

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.9.08

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

ONPS2441 Principles of Pharmacology 1

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have successfully completed Year 1 and Year 2 Semester 1 courses of the BH102 program before enrolling in this course.

Course Description

This course develops your ability to manage patients and monitor medication therapy for patients with haematological and infectious diseases.


This course integrates physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology with the contemporary prevention and management of diseases such as solid and haematological malignancies and bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to development in the following Domains of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia:


  • Professional and Ethical Practice (Domain 1)
  • Communication, collaboration and self-management (Domain 2)
  • Review and supply prescribed medicines (Domain 4)
  • Prepare pharmaceutical products (Domain 5)
  • Deliver primary and preventive health care (Domain 6)
  • Promote and contribute to optimal use of medicines (Domain 7)
  • Critical analysis, research and education (Domain 8)


This course will develop your capabilities in understanding the pathophysiology of infectious and malignant disease, the pharmacology of antimicrobial and antineoplastic chemotherapy and the clinical management of patients with these diseases.


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, with respect to infectious and neoplastic diseases, you should be able to:

  1. Relate knowledge of biology, anatomy and physiology to disease states
  2. Compare the pathophysiology, clinical presentation and diagnosis of these diseases
  3. Describe, compare and explain the mechanism of action of medications for these diseases
  4. Develop an appropriate pharmaceutical care plan, including the selection, monitoring and quality use of medicines for patients with these diseases
  5. Identify and manage adverse drug reactions for these diseases
  6. Use patient-specific parameters such as organ dysfunction, concurrent diseases and drugs and laboratory and clinical tests to refine and improve pharmaceutical care for these diseases
  7. Communicate relevant information clearly and directly to patients, caregivers and health professionals

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts will be explained in face-to-face lectures of the course integrated with further exploration in theoretical and case-based tutorial and workshop exercises. You will be expected to supplement these activities with recommended readings and private study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Extensive course materials are distributed online through myRMIT, including digitised readings, lecture notes and a detailed study program, external internet links and access to RMIT Library resources. Students should check myRMIT regularly for updated information and resources. Students are advised to purchase recommended texts and should review materials available through the library.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include tests, online quizzes, class presentations and examinations and is both formative and summative.

You will be assessed on your ability to clearly explain, compare and discuss the pathophysiological, pharmacological and therapeutic concepts as well as your ability to provide sound medication management to patients in mock cases.

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Summative tasks:

Assessment Task 1. Group Presentation

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7


Assessment Task 2. Intra-semester test A

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7


Assessment Task 3. Intra-semester test B

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7


Assessment Task 4. End of Semester Exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7