8 x 3-hour tutorials per semester
8 x 13-hour independent studies per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 Admission into BNGU-Bachelor of Nursing (Preregistration)
2 2 of NURS1004, NURS1005A
3 Admission into BNGUC-Bachelor of Nursing (Preregistration)
4 ^ NURS1001 - Introduction to the Nursing Profession and Independent Learning
5 Admission into BNGG-Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or (3 and 4) or (5))
Enrolment not permitted
NURS2020 has been successfully completed
Assignments; Quiz; Written Examination
Topic description

This topic introduces the processes of disease and injury and the use of pharmacological interventions in the human body. It builds on knowledge acquired in previous topics.

Educational aims

This topic aims to introduce principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology in the management of health conditions across the lifespan based on regional, national and global health priorities.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Construct critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills to understand the disease trajectory and pharmacological treatment options for a range of priority health conditions across the lifespan
  2. Analyse and interpret evidence on pharmacological interventions and the impact on pathophysiology, patient therapy and patient outcomes
  3. Apply knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to justify selection of medication candidates and routes of administration for treatment of disease
  4. Describe how aging and/or disease may alter the pharmacokinetics of a drug, and make therapeutic recommendations based on these changes

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.