Course Title: Applied Clinical Therapeutics for Pharmacy B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Clinical Therapeutics for Pharmacy B

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery.

Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Vincent Chan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7695

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.017

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

This course develops your ability to manage patients and provide and monitor medication therapy for patients with selected disorders such as infections, neurological, psychiatric, movement, rheumatological, inflammatory, skin and related disorders.

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 2 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 stroke, epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, movement disorders, skin conditions, arthritis and use of anti-infectives.

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
  • Identify areas for development to improve competency
  •  Communicate effectively for the delivery of patient-centred care
  • Demonstrate social responsibility to improve healthcare
  • Demonstrate team and leadership skills to optimise practice
  • 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.

RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS) 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. 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Team Presentation/Short report

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Intra-semester test A

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Intra-semester test B

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: End of Semester Exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4