BMS263 Foundational Pharmacology and Pathophysiology for Allied Health Practice (8)

In this subject, students will apply their knowledge of basic chemistry, biochemistry and human physiology to the study of pharmacology. This foundation subject provides students with an introduction to pathophysiology and fundamental concepts of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and polypharmacy, with an emphasis on the cardiac, renal and respiratory systems. Students will analyse a range of pharmacological treatments for diabetes, to contextualise the effects of chronic disease on multiple organ systems. This subject also introduces students to the concept of pharmacological manipulation of the immune system and reviews the pharmacology of anti-inflammatory drugs.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Orange Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS263. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Assumed Knowledge

This subject assumes knowledge of basic chemistry, biochemistry, and foundational human physiology of all body systems.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to appropriately apply the professional language associated with medical and pharmacological practice
  • be able to explain the mechanism of action and properties of pharmacological agents used for the treatment of cardiac, respiratory, renal, endocrine and inflammatory pathology
  • be able to analyse the implications of polypharmacy, drug-drug and drug-disease interactions when taking a client history
  • be able to apply foundational knowledge of pathology and pharmacology to explain the clinical management of chronic disease


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
  • Introduction to clinical science / altered cellular function
  • Immune system pathophysiology
  • Manipulation of the immune system and wound healing
  • Inflammation (diseases / pain / anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Endocrine pathophysiology & pharmacology: diabetes
  • Cardiac pathophysiology & pharmacology
  • Vasculature pathophysiology & pharmacology
  • Respiratory pathophysiology & pharmacology
  • Urinary system pathophysiology & pharmacology

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS263 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short answer questions
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.