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PHCY320 Integrated Modules C

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Integrated pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, clinical pharmacology, therapeutics, and professional practice for patient-oriented care and population health in CNS disorders, men's and women's health, and oncology and palliative care.

Paper title Integrated Modules C
Paper code PHCY320
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,280.50
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to

Associate Professor Alesha Smith

Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Alesha Smith

Paper Structure

Lectures, Workshops, Skills Workshops, Placements


Textbooks are available through the library

Course outline

This paper is divided into three parts:

  1. Introduction to therapeutic systems of the central nervous system (CNS) and those associated with oncology, palliative care, and men’s and women’s health.
  2. Building integration of the systems.
  3. Integration of systems for patient-centred care.

Each part will use material relevant to the maintenance of health and treatment of illnesses relevant to oncology including solid and diffuse malignancies, men’s and women’s health such as menstruation, sexually transmitted diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome, the central nervous system such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and addiction, epilepsy, dementia and common psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, drug addiction followed by palliative care including where appropriate end of life issues relevant to ageing and oncology.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

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

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Uses appropriate communication techniques to establish and maintain a collaborative and constructive relationships with people and colleagues.
  • Creates an environment that is appropriate for consultations.
  • Describes, explains and experiences what it means to interact with others in a culturally competent manner.
  • Receives enquiries effectively, gathers appropriate information, applies knowledge of evidence-based literature / resources, and interprets and critically appraises information to provide an individualised answer.
  • Describes the aetiology, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, risk factors, diagnostic methods, and complications of selected human diseases.
  • Evaluates and recommends the suitability of a drug, dosage form, dose and / or route of administration with respect to therapeutic efficacy.
  • Prepares a dosage form / product in an appropriate environment.
  • Has knowledge of herbal, complementary and traditional medicines.
  • 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 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 undertakes appropriate evaluation of outcomes.
  • Identifies views and concerns of people / whānau and incorporates these into a care plan.
  • Recognises issues with health literacy to help people / whānau 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.
  • Synthesises and integrates information to formulate differential diagnoses, triage and treat with non-prescription medicines common minor ailments.
  • Monitors and evaluates medication effects with individuals to improve outcomes from therapy.
  • Recognise when to refer people to other healthcare professional.
  • Describes the importance of cultural understandings of health, illness and medicines, cultural practises, and the use of traditional and alternative medicine.
  • Understands and appreciates and is able to account for the use of herbal, complimentary and traditional medicines in the population.
  • Recognises, describes and reviews the pharmacist’s roles in quality and safety processes.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 41
Monday 10:00-11:50 28
Monday 13:00-13:50 29
Monday 14:00-14:50 28
Monday 15:00-15:50 28
B1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 28
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 28
C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 28-29, 31-33, 36-38, 40
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 31, 33, 36-38, 40
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 29
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 31-32, 37
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 30
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28, 31-32, 37, 40
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 29-33, 36, 38, 40
Wednesday 15:00-15:50 29-33, 36-38, 40
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 29-30, 37
D1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 29, 32-34
Thursday 10:00-10:50 32-34, 36, 39
Thursday 11:00-11:50 31-32, 34, 36, 38-39
Thursday 14:00-14:50 34
Thursday 14:00-15:50 39
Thursday 15:00-15:50 37
E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 40
Friday 10:00-10:50 40
Friday 12:00-12:50 40
Friday 14:00-15:50 34