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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.
Biopharmaceutics: Concepts of bioavailability and bioequivalence (including generic substitution and biosimilars); factors influencing bioavailability (physiological and pharmaceutical); drug delivery systems and recent developments.

Summary 2021

Unit name Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3
Unit code CSA311
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy

Dr Barbara C. Wimmer

Teaching staff

Dr Barbara Wimmer

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



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All Year 1 BPharm units plus CSA230 and CSA231.


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Teaching Pattern

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

  • Regular test or quiz 10 minutes, Weight: 10%
  • Paired written assignment 1000 - 1500 words, Weight: 15%
  • Test or quiz 50 minutes, Weight: 20%
  • Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) 2 hours, Weight: 55%

Note: To pass this unit, a student must score ≥ 50% in the exam, as well as achieving an aggregate overall mark of ≥ 50%.

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