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A study of the clinical pharmacokinetics of individual drugs and groups of drugs, sources of inter-patient variability in pharmacokinetics and the application of pharmacokinetics in practice. As with Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3, particular emphasis is placed on the role of the pharmacist in improving the use of drugs through the practical application of pharmacokinetics and therapeutic drug monitoring. There is extensive use of clinically-oriented problems and cases.

Topics include therapeutic drug monitoring; drug interactions; an overview of sources of inter-patient variability in pharmacokinetics (eg extremes of age, renal or hepatic disease, pharmacogenomics); clinical case studies and pharmacokinetics of specific drugs.

Unit objective: to develop the ability to contribute to improved drug use through the appropriate use of pharmacokinetic techniques and therapeutic drug monitoring.

Summary 2021

Unit name Clinical Pharmacokinetics 4
Unit code CSA414
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy

Dr Barbara Wimmer

Teaching staff

Dr Barbara Wimmer

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



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All Year 2 BPharm units plus CSA311.


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Teaching Pattern

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

  • Exam (65%, 2 hour)
  • Written assignment (15%, 1500 words)
  • In-class tests (10%)
  • Visual presentation (10%, 15 minutes)

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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