Course Title: Therapeutics for Nursing 2 (Systems Pharmacology)

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Therapeutics for Nursing 2 (Systems Pharmacology)

Credit Points: 12.00

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Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed



Course Coordinator: Chris Martin

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9503

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.004

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Assumed Knowledge

An understanding of the principles of safe administration of medication, the role of the nurse and multidisciplinary team members, pharmacokinetics / pharmacodynamics and schedules of drugs as well as routes of administration. 


Course Description

This course builds on previous study in NURS2194 Therapeutics for Nursing 1 (Nursing Concepts). A systems pharmacological approach to therapeutic agents as a component of the patient treatment regime is presented. Specialist populations and pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics drug interactions caused by complex medication regimes are considered. Preparation for the role of the nurse administering medications in the acute adult, mental health and paediatric settings is commenced.

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. Demonstrate knowledge and skills associated with the administration of therapeutic substances in the patient care context.
  2. Outline risk minimisation strategies associated with the handling and management of specific therapeutic substances.
  3. Identify factors that have the potential to compromise safe medication practices.
  4. Describe how to report medication incidents including adverse drug reactions, medication errors and near misses.
  5. Consider therapeutic administration from a systems approach
  6. Identify complex medication scenarios and consumer health teaching strategies

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake the equivalent of 36 hours of lectures (face-to-face and/or flexible delivery) and 12 hours of labs over the semester. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of 6 hours per week on independent study (72 hours).

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: Online quizzes

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Presentation

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Attendance at 80% of lab classes including skills assessments (HURDLE Requirement)

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 4: End of semester exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6