Course Title: Therapeutics for Nursing 1 (Nursing Concepts)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Therapeutics for Nursing 1 (Nursing Concepts)

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Prof Ieva Stupans

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7942

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.032

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 behaviors 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 lectures, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to clinical practice. 

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

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. Students are expected to participate in tutorial discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of colleagues. Formative Online quizzing techniques will be used in class and in knowledge check formative quizzes in Canvas to prepare students for expectations of the final exam.

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.

You will undertake the equivalent of 48 hours of face-to-face and/or flexible delivery over the semester. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of 6 hours per week in independent study (72).

Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the prescribed text. They do not substitute for wider reading. They provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.

Prescribed text: This text will form the major suggested reading resource for this course. Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources.

A library subject guide is available at

Overview of Assessment

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 Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Skills Assessment

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to participate in all nursing skills sessions and undertake skills assessment.

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8

Assessment Task 2: Successful completion of online QUM module (NPS MedicineWise)

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 3: Case study of 1,500 words

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7

Assessment Task 4: End of semester 2-hour exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8