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PHCY310 Integrated Modules B

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Integrated pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, clinical pharmacology, therapeutics, and professional practice for patient-oriented care and population health in respiratory, cardiovascular, renal disorders and endocrinology.

Paper title Integrated Modules B
Paper code PHCY310
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,163.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $20,925.50

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Limited to

Prof Stephen Duffull

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Stephen Duffull

Paper Structure

Lectures, Workshops, Skills Workshops, Marae visit, Placement


Textbooks are available through the library

Course outline

This paper is divided into three parts:

  1. Introduction to the therapeutic systems (respiratory, cardiovascular, renal endocrine).
  2. Building integration of the systems.
  3. Integration of systems for patient-centred care.

Each part will use context from respiratory, cardiovascular, renal and endocrine systems. Therapeutic areas that will be covered across the three parts, include: common upper respiratory tract infections, respiratory allergic diseases, cystic fibrosis, asthma, hypertension, non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, hyperlipidaemia, acute coronary syndromes and myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, dysrhythmias, acute kidney injury, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, thyroid disorders, cortisol disorders, end stage renal disease, rheumatic fever, pulmonary fibrosis.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Shows awareness of and modifies their own communication response based on feedback.
  • Recognises when communication is unsuccessful and adopts appropriate strategies for dealing with it.
  • Communicates clinical information and expert scientific knowledge effectively to different audiences.
  • Uses communication technology effectively.
  • Creates an environment that is appropriate for consultations.
  • Reflects on how social/cultural factors related to oneself and others impact on communication.
  • Pronounces te reo Māori correctly; understands common and relevant words and uses them appropriately.
  • Understands the process of pharmaceutical development.
  • Interprets and predicts how the physical and chemical properties of a drug may influence drug effects and pharmacokinetics.
  • Understands the pharmacological actions and metabolic fate associated with drug molecules.
  • Describes the aetiology, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, risk factors, diagnostic methods, and complications of selected human diseases.
  • Applies the principles of drug pharmacodynamics to understand the actions, drug-drug interactions and side effects of medicines.
  • Applies knowledge of pharmaceutical sciences for patient care.
  • Evaluates and recommends the suitability of a drug, dosage form, dose and / or route of administration with respect to therapeutic efficacy.
  • Consults people to collect demographic, medicine, clinical histories and the person's aspirations appropriately to assess and decide on a treatment plan.
  • Documents activities clearly, concisely, and accurately using appropriate medical terminology.
  • Elicits the personal goals of people / whānau and the practical realities of their lives for their care.
  • Describes, integrates, and applies the principles of physiology, pathology, microbiology, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacotherapy to optimise patient care.
  • Applies knowledge of pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics to the time-course of drug effects in order to optimise person outcomes.
  • Determines and accounts for variability in response and factors that affect an individual's response and dose requirements
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates a person-centred care plan and communicates this care plan appropriately and undertake appropriate evaluation of outcomes.
  • Identifies views and concerns of people / whānau and incorporates these into a care plan.
  • Recognises issues in health literacy and help people / whānau to understand their health.
  • Communicates the care plan with an individual, understands the person's perceptions and assists them to understand their treatment(s).
  • Identifies, discusses and works with people to increase adherence to treatment that may include lifestyle / health-behaviour change.
  • Monitors and evaluates medication effects with individuals to improve outcomes from therapy.
  • Synthesises and integrates information to formulate differential diagnoses, triage and treat with non-prescription medicines common ailments.
  • Monitors and evaluates medication effects with individuals to improve outcomes from therapy.
  • Recognises when to refer people to another healthcare professional.
  • Describes and applies the principles of evidence-based pharmacy practise.
  • Recognises and describes the wider societal factors that contribute to health inequities to promote and optimise health outcomes.
  • Identifies disparities between the health status of different groups in New Zealand including Māori and non- Māori and discusses factors contributing to these inequalities.
  • Describes factors that contribute to ethnic differences in health outcomes, including for Māori and Pacific.
  • Identifies targeted interventions and describe ways in which they address determinants of health and improve health outcomes for Māori and non- Māori.
  • Describes rongoā Māori, the roles of rongoā providers in the community, and how and why people use rongoā.
  • Explains how Māori and other cultures and cultural practises affect health-related behaviour and interactions with the health system.
  • Recognises and describes aspects of people' experiences of the healthcare system and the impact of illness on people, carers and whānau.
  • Describes how people move through different aspects of the health system and access health services.
  • Recognises, explains and demonstrates ethical principles and values underpinning the profession.
  • Maintains an individual's rights to confidentiality and privacy.
  • Demonstrates professional integrity through appropriate professional behaviour.
  • Recognises, explains and complies with legislation and other regulations that are relevant to pharmacy.
  • Dispenses medicines in accordance with legal requirements, professional responsibilities and safety of the person.
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    First Semester

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 9
    C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 10-11, 19-21
    Wednesday 10:00-10:50 11, 20-21
    Wednesday 10:00-11:50 18-19
    Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-10, 20-21
    Wednesday 13:00-13:50 10
    Wednesday 14:00-15:50 21
    Wednesday 16:00-16:50 10
    D1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 12
    Thursday 10:00-10:50 12
    Thursday 15:00-15:50 19
    Thursday 16:00-16:50 19
    E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 11-12
    Friday 09:00-11:50 9
    Friday 10:00-10:50 11
    Friday 10:00-11:50 18
    Friday 11:00-11:50 11
    Friday 14:00-14:50 11
    Friday 15:00-15:50 19
    Friday 15:00-16:50 9