Courses & Units

Therapeutics in Practice 3B CSA306

Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies. Students must be available 5 days a week (40 hours) during the allocated PEP, and must be prepared to undertake a range of shifts – morning, evening and nightshift, which may include weekends, as per roster provided by the healthcare agency. Students may be expected to relocate and are expected to travel to where PEP is available. To be eligible to undertake PEP, all students must be ‘Verified’ as meeting College of Health and Medicine PEP Safety in Practice Compliance as per the Course Entry Requirements. Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.

PEP dates MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates. 


CSA306 (Therapeutics in Practice 3B) is designed to build upon students existing knowledge of pharmacology, physiology, microbiology and evidence-based health, in order to develop the clinical knowledge and skills necessary to deliver pharmaceutical care. The unit covers the pathophysiology and therapeutic management of common diseases. In CSA306, specific topics include hepatology, neurology, pain, psychiatry, gastroenterology and rheumatology. An emphasis is placed on the application of knowledge to evaluate and advise upon pharmacotherapy in clinical situations. Although CSA306 and CSA322 (Therapeutics in Practice 3A) are separate units, the learning derived from one is complementary to the other. CSA306 carries a weighting of 12.5% (i.e. 12.5 credit points).


Unit name Therapeutics in Practice 3B
Unit code CSA306
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Mrs Chanelle Brodie
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply an understanding of pathophysiology and epidemiology to the pharmacotherapeutic management (including self-care) of disease and illness of local, national and international importance.
  • Apply professional problem-solving skills to identify critical issues, conceptualise problems, use relevant information and formulate a range of solutions in relation to the provision of medicines or health advice
  • Apply an evidence-based decision framework in the management of medicines and the use of healthcare interventions.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
019907 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Teaching Pattern

Approx 2 hours Self directed online learning activities per week (24 x 1hr per semester) and 2 hours of workshops each week for 10 weeks of semester, plus 4-5 days per fortnight Clinical Practice

AssessmentOnline quizzes (10%)|In-workshop oral assessments (15%)|Mid-semester written test (20%)|End of semester oral exam (25%)|End of semester written Exam (30%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Students are recommended to view the following online resources via the library website:

DiPiro et al. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. McGraw-Hill Medical (12th Edition)

In addition to the recommended online textbook, students will be signposted to a variety of other material relevant to the area of study. Links will be provided to these materials through MyLO where possible. Most of these materials will be available online, either freely accessible or through the University library.

Students will also find the following e-resources (available via EPOCH) highly valuable for CSA306 and related units:
• Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH)
• Therapeutic Guidelines (TG), Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd
• UpToDate

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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