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ANP8009 Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacology for Scheduled Medicines

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacolog
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 069999 - Health not elsewhere classifie
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 19 September 2020


Examiner: Hancy Issac


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BHEH or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or MNRS or MNSG or PDEV or GCNM.

Other requisites

Students must be enrolled in the GCHH (Scheduled Medicines) to enrol in this course.
This course should be completed during the student’s last year in the program.
Access to high-level computers is essential for students taking this program. For up-to-date advice on computing requirements, please see
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Advanced Nurse Practice standards require an extended knowledge of pharmacology and pharmacokinetics that will correlate with appropriate diagnostic and assessment data for critical analysis of a client’s health status. Professional efficacy and clinical proficiency requires knowledge and integration of both pharmacological & non-pharmacological treatment interventions that are patient focussed and responsive to health status.


It is important that registered nurses working in isolated and independent clinical practice contexts understand the pharmacokinetics and pharmacological applications of the approved scheduled medications that they are authorised to obtain, supply and administer. This course will provide a foundation for the registered nurse, within their context of practice and in accordance with State and Territory legislation within Australia that is supported by the relevant Drug Therapy Protocol or Chief Health Officer Standing Orders and Health Services Permits, to safely and competently obtain, supply and administer scheduled medication.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Administer and practice according to relevant drug therapy protocols, Chief Health Officer Standing Orders, and/or Health Services Permits.
  2. Demonstrate pharmacokinetics and pharmacological knowledge and principles related to administration of scheduled medicines using Safe Medication Practice.
  3. Describe and apply the principles of Safe Medication Practice.
  4. Select the appropriate scheduled medicine and identify any interaction with alternative therapies, through application of clinical reasoning based on assessment and diagnostic data.
  5. Communicate educational principles unpinning safe medication practice to educate consumers.
  6. Manage, monitor and evaluate the effects of the scheduled medication administration.
  7. Demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Pharmacology - this module includes detailed knowledge of the specific drugs included in protocols and permits that registered nurses will need to obtain, supply and administer in advanced practice contexts. 25.00
2. Pharmacokinetics - this module details the physiological actions of drugs relevant to scheduled medicine endorsement. 25.00
3. Safe medication Practice – this module facilitates the appropriate application of health management protocols, drug therapy protocols, using the principles of quality use of medicine within their practice. 50.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Broyles, B, Reiss, B, Evans, M, McKenzie, G, Pleunik, S & Page, R 2017, Pharmacology in Nursing, ANZ, 2nd edn, Cengage, Melbourne.
Broyles, B, Reiss, B, Evans, M, McKenzie, G, Pleunik, S & Page, R 2019, Pharmacology in Nursing, ANZ, 3rd edn, Cengage, Melbourne.
Preferred edition is 3rd, however, 2nd edition also can be utilised for this course in 2020.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Queensland Health 2016, Primary clinical care manual, 10th Edition,

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 60.00
Private Study 45.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 50 45 24 Aug 2020
Online Quiz 50 25 03 Sep 2020
Drug Case Study 20 29 06 Oct 2020
Competency Assessment 1 1 23 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Engagement in online discussion forums forms part of the directed study component of this course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at . least 50% of the marks for that item, and must achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for the Clinical Assessment item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course, and achieve a mark of 1 out of 1 for the Clinical Assessment item.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no exams for this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. American Psychological Association (APA) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.¬referencing¬guide

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. It is expected that students will complete the Student Evaluation, MyOpinion, when they have completed the course.

Date printed 19 September 2020