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PMC2000 Pharmacology for Paramedics

Semester 1, 2022 Ipswich On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: John Latham


Pre-requisite: BIO1206 and PMC1000


Clinical pharmacology is the science of chemicals (drugs) that interact with the human body. Pharmacology for Paramedics will build on the knowledge obtained. The aim of this course is for students to acquire further knowledge to enable them to make more informed clinical decisions as student and future paramedics. The course will assist students to understand the actions, reactions and interactions of medications including absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of drugs.

This course will analyse basic principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, the structure and function of commonly used medications and the pharmacology of the major classes of medications that students and paramedics may encounter in paramedic practice. Students will also learn how variables such as age, size and co-morbidities affect responses to medication. Finally, students will be presented with the principles and processes aligned with the safe administration of medications.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Identify the principles and processes of safe drug administration;
  2. Explain the actions, reactions and interactions of medications;
  3. Outline how medications are absorbed, distributed, metabolised and excreted;
  4. Establish variables that may affect how individuals respond/s to medication;
  5. Differentiate the function of common medications in pre-hospital care;
  6. Apply the relevant pharmacological and therapeutic information in the delivery of pre-hospital care.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Principles of safe drug administration 10.00
2. Pharmacokinetics 20.00
3. Pharmacodynamics 20.00
4. Major classes of medications 20.00
5. Commonly used medications in healthcare
Adverse reactions and side effects
6. Application of knowledge into paramedic practice 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Bryant, B., Knights, K 2019, Pharmacology for Health Professionals, 5th edn, Elsevier.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 20 2,3,5
Assignments Creative Recorded/rendered work No 30 1,2,5,6
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,4,6
Date printed 30 June 2022