Course Title: Applied Clinical Therapeutics for Pharmacy A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Clinical Therapeutics for Pharmacy A

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Vincent Chan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7695

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.008

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)



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

Course Description

This course develops your ability to manage patients and provide and monitor medication therapy for patients with diseases affecting selected systems such as the renal, urinary, hepatic, endocrine, gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

This is an applied clinical therapeutics course, building on previous physiology, pharmacology and therapeutics courses, as well as horizontally integrating with the third year Pharmacology of Therapeutic Agents 1 course.


This course will integrate and extend on the pathophysiology of these systems and the pharmacology of agents acting on these systems, with a focus on the contemporary role of a pharmacist in the prevention and management of relevant diseases such as kidney & liver disease, heart disease, respiratory disease, gastrointestinal & endocrine disease and urinary incontinence.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to capability development in the following level 8 BPharm (Hons) PLOs:

  • Demonstrate professional behavior and accountability
  • Research, critically evaluate and apply evidence in professional practice
  • Demonstrate team and leadership skills to optimise practice
  • Demonstrate social responsibility to improve healthcare
  •  Identify areas for development to improve competency
  • Communicate effectively for the delivery of patient-centred care
  • Apply pharmaceutical, medication and health knowledge and skills to improve patient and population health
  •  Formulate, prepare and supply medicines and therapeutic products

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology, clinical presentation and diagnosis of these diseases, in relation to anatomy and physiology of the systems
  2. Develop an appropriate pharmaceutical care plan, including the selection, monitoring and quality use of medicines for patients with these diseases, including managing the adverse drug reactions
  3. 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

   4. 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. Students are expected to supplement these activities with recommended readings and private study.

Blackboard will be used extensively learning and teaching material as well as formative assessment material and feedback.

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/short reports and examinations and is both formative and summative.

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

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Summative tasks:

Assessment Task 1. Team Presentation/Short report

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4


Assessment Task 2. Intra-semester test A

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4


Assessment Task 3. Intra-semester test B

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4


Assessment Task 4. End of Semester Exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4