Course Title: Clinical Therapeutics B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Therapeutics B

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Zahid Hussain

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses

Successful completion of:

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Required Concurrent Study

You should undertake the following courses at the same time as this course as it contains areas of knowledge and skills which are implemented together in practice.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

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 Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) 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

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may include a range of tasks 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 advice.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Team Presentation/Short report
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Intra-semester online MCQ Quizzes
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Case presentation
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: End of semester Timed-Test
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.