Courses & Units

Advanced Pharmacology & Medication Management in Paramedicine CSA500


The unit will provide students with advanced knowledge in the pharmacological management of diseases within the context of advanced paramedic practice. This will also include the areas of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, as they apply to the therapeutic management of conditions relevant to advanced paramedic practice. Students will develop a sound understanding of the quality use of medicines, and some familiarity with Poisons and Therapeutics Goods Act and Regulations, the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and medication management for advanced paramedic practitioners.


Unit name Advanced Pharmacology & Medication Management in Paramedicine
Unit code CSA500
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Professor Gregory Peterson
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in order to describe both the therapeutic and adverse effects of commonly used drugs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale behind the use of frequently used drugs in commonly occurring disease states and/or acute emergency scenarios.
  • Demonstrate a broadened understanding of the principles of quality use of medicines and safe medication management.
  • Apply the principles of clinical pharmacology, therapeutics and medication management to interpret patient cases and evaluate: the therapeutic decision-making process; actual and/or potential drug-related problems; the actual and/or potential impact on patient care.

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 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
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Teaching Pattern

This unit is offered online and students are expected to complete approximately 10 hours of independent learning per week.. 

AssessmentContribution to the discussion board|Online quizzes (20%)|Assignment 1 (25%)|Assignment 2 (25%)|Case Study (30%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

  •  Bryant B, Knights K. Pharmacology for Health Professionals (latest edition). Mosby Elsevier.
  •  Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM & Flower RJ. Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology (latest edition). Churchill Livingstone.
  •  Some resources, such as MIMS, Australian Medicines Handbook, Merck Manual, available online through the Library:
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