Introduction to Pharmacology (NURS2001)

UNIT OF STUDY

This introductory unit of Pharmacology will be taught jointly by the Discipline of Pharmacology, School of Medical Science, Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney and Sydney Nursing School. From the lecture content students will develop an understanding of drug action, the relationship between molecular structure and drug activity, drug metabolism and dosage and some therapeutic uses of drugs. In addition, through tutorials and clinical laboratory sessions, students will be provided with an opportunity to apply the underlying principles of pharmacology to their nursing practice by learning to: a) search evidence-based drug information sources for relevant information; b) apply and integrate the evidence-based pharmacological information to simple case studies in ways which optimise safe medication management, and c) calculate dosage adjustments accurately. Students will learn about the legal and professional requirements associated with the quality use of medicines in nursing practice.

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Classes

13x2-hr lectures, 10x2-hr tutorials, 2x2-hr clinical labs

Assessment

written drug information (30%) and class work book (20%) and exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

NURS1001 and NURS1005

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