Courses & Units

Biological Therapies in Mental Health Care CNA738


This unit is taught in even years (2016, 2018 etc).


Provides students with an overview of neurobiological concepts. Subjects covered include: neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, and drug receptors as the basis of action of all drugs. The mechanisms by which drug treatment may restore CNS (Central Nervous System) imbalance are examined. Classes of drugs commonly encountered in the psychiatric nursing environment will be covered in detail.


Unit name Biological Therapies in Mental Health Care
Unit code CNA738
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences
Teaching staff

Prof D Geraghty, Ms Chris Handley

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Teaching Pattern

Multi-mediadelivery (equiv to 2 hrs per week), online learning


Essay 2500 words (50%), PowerPoint presentation 1000 words (25%), Client Teaching Plan (25%)

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