Pharmacology, People and Practice (NURS2005)


This is a multidisciplinary unit taught jointly by the Sydney Nursing School and the Discipline of Pharmacology, School of Medical Science, Sydney Medical School. This unit builds on the foundations of pharmacology that were taught in Introduction to Pharmacology. The unit extends the fundamental pharmacological knowledge and concepts taught in Introduction to Pharmacology to explore the use of pharmacotherapy and how drugs affect the body in health and disease.

This unit will examine the use of therapeutic agents acting upon the central nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems as well as exploring use of complementary therapies and recreational drugs. Throughout the unit students will consider the role of pharmacotherapy, the use of individual agents including mechanism of action, interactions, adverse reactions and practice principles associated with each agent in the nursing context. Students will be provided with an opportunity to apply the underlying principles of pharmacology to nursing practice. By integrating evidence-based pharmacological knowledge to case studies they will learn to optimise safe medication management.

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Further unit of study information


13x2-hr lectures, and 6x2-hr tutorials


online quiz x 2 (40%) and written examination (60%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


36 Year 1 credit points including NURS2001

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.