Course Title: Introduction to Clinical Therapeutics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Clinical Therapeutics

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Chiao Xin Lim

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7357

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.030

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

This course will introduce important concepts in clinical therapeutics, pharmacotherapeutics, clinical decision making and key therapeutic principles that guide clinical practice, for example Evidence-Based Medicine. This course will also develop your ability to manage patients and provide and monitor medication therapy for patients with selected conditions.

This is an applied clinical therapeutics course, building on previous chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and pharmacy practice courses. The aim of this course is to develop your knowledge and skills leading into the third year advanced clinical therapeutic courses. 

The course will also establish the interaction between the molecular, chemical and physical properties of drugs and therapeutic agents and how these properties affect their actions and interactions in living systems. 

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
  • Communicate effectively for the delivery of patient-centred care
  • Identify areas for development to improve competency
  • 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 how molecular, chemical and physical properties of drugs affect their actions
  2. Develop sound clinical and therapeutic decisions based on patient- and disease-specific information and parameters
  3. Develop an appropriate pharmaceutical care plan, including the selection, monitoring and quality use of medicines for patients with selected conditions
  4. Communicate relevant information clearly and directly to patients, caregivers and health professionals


Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts will be explained in online lectures and integrated through further exploration in case-based tutorial and workshop exercises. Students are expected to supplement these activities with recommended readings and private study.

The online Learning Management System (LMS) site on myRMIT is an important site for resources and information and should be consulted on a daily basis.

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, video presentations/short reports and assignments 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 Short Report/Presentation and Individual Reflection
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, & 4

Assessment Task 2: Online Quizzes (2) 
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3

Assessment Task 3: Mid-Semester Online Timed Test
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 , 3, & 4

Assessment Task 4: End of Semester Applied Theory Online Timed Test
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, & 4