Pharmacology, People & Practice (NURS2005)


This unit 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. Students will develop an understanding of how drugs affect the body in health and disease. The main themes for the unit include how they are discovered and developed and how they work in the central nervous system. Drug treatment of common illnesses such as hay-fever, peptic ulcer and asthma will be discussed along with the use of recreational drugs and some of their associated problems. 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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13x2-hr lectures, 6x2-hr tutorials


essay (30%) and case study (10%) and exam (60%)

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