Course Title: Therapeutics for Nursing 1 (Nursing Concepts)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Therapeutics for Nursing 1 (Nursing Concepts)

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Vivek Nooney

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399257309

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces the concepts required to understand pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, drug schedules, the legislative framework and relevant roles and responsibilities of the nurse and other members of the healthcare team in the administration of therapeutic substances. Promotion of the quality use of medicine, safe practice in nursing medication administration as well as the nurse’s role in promoting health literacy for the consumer / patient are considered. Your knowledge and skills in nursing monitoring and reporting for effect and side effects of therapeutic agents will be developed.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to Program Learning Outcomes for BP032 (Bachelor of Nursing) in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016):

  • PLO 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice
  • PLO 3: Maintains the capability for practice
  • PLO 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments
  • PLO 5: Develops a plan for nursing practice
  • PLO 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice
  • PLO 7: Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Outline key principles of quality use of medicines and nursing practice.
  2. Explain the concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in the use of medications.
  3. Identify sites and major mechanisms of drug actions.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of therapeutic strategies and the rationale for drug therapy.
  5. Examine the use of over the counter Schedule 2 medication and health behaviours of patients.
  6. Define and differentiate between a medication error, adverse drug reaction, drug sensitivity, side effect and drug allergy.
  7. Review the role of the nurse in the safe use and administration of medications.
  8. Outline legislative and health service requirements for medication use, storage, transport and disposal.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including recorded lectures and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work independently to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to clinical practice.

Learning activities may include modalities such as recorded lectures, video capture and distribution, electronic discussion board forums.

Recorded Lectures: Lectures, lecture notes, tutorials and online resources are the principal modes of course delivery used to present the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of nursing the acutely and chronically ill patient.

Self-Directed Learning: Self-directed learning activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.

RMIT have state of the art simulated learning facilities for student learning and practice. You will participate in simulated practice within these facilities in preparation for placement. As a part of participation you may be filmed for learning, teaching, reflection and assessment and this is considered an inherent part of our learning and teaching program. Recordings will be maintained in accordance with our assessment, document retention and privacy policies.

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.

A library subject guide is available at

Overview of Assessment

This course contains 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 Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Skills Assessment (timed) (Hurdle)
Students should participate in all nursing skills tutorials and undertake the skills assessment.
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Online Assessment Task 2: Online Test (timed)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

Assessment Task 3: Case study (Untimed)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

Assessment Task 4: End of semester assignment (Untimed)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

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.