Courses & Units

Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3 CSA311


This unit studies factors influencing the bioavailability and disposition of medications, and the application of this information to optimise the quality use of medicines in clinical practice. Particular emphasis is placed on the clinical role of the pharmacist and problem-solving in improving the use of medications through the practical application of pharmacokinetics. This information is also applicable to students not
completing a pharmacy degree (e.g. to science-based students who wish to pursue a career in pharmaceutical industry or research).
Topics include:
Clinical Pharmacokinetics:
Processes of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of medications;
kinetics of intravenous and extravascular dosing, and relevant calculations.
Concepts of bioavailability and bioequivalence (including generic substitution and biosimilars);
factors influencing bioavailability (physiological and pharmaceutical);
drug delivery systems and recent developments.


Unit name Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3
Unit code CSA311
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Nibu Parameswaran Nair
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
Hobart Summer school On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Summer school 2/1/2023 13/1/2023 30/1/2023 26/2/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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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 pharmacokinetic principles and calculations to solve clinical problems that may contribute to improved quality use of medicines.
  • Describe various methods of drug delivery, select appropriate options based on individual patient circumstance, and outline relevant regulatory procedures governing generic and biosimilar medicines.
  • Provide accurate and appropriate health and medicines advice to a range of consumers (including other health professionals).
  • Search, evaluate and appropriately reference drug information and pharmacy related literature.
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

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CSA231 AND CSA230 AND All Year 1 BPharm Units


Teaching Pattern

Online learning resources (equivalent to 2 hours of activity per week) and1 x 2hr workshop weekly.

AssessmentRegular test or quiz (15%)|Paired written assignment (20%)|Mid Semester Test (25%)|Examination (40%)
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