Journal article

An evaluation of pharmacology curricula in Australian science and health-related degree programs

Hilary Lloyd, Tina Hinton, Shane Bullock, Anna-Marie Babey, Elizabeth Davis, Lynette Fernandes, Joanne Hart, Ian Musgrave, James Ziogas

BMC MEDICAL EDUCATION | BMC | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Pharmacology is a biomedical discipline taught in basic science and professional degree programs. In order to provide information that would facilitate pharmacology curricula to be refined and developed, and approaches to teaching to be updated, a national survey was undertaken in Australia that investigated pharmacology course content, teaching and summative assessment methods. METHODS: Twenty-two institutions participated in a purpose-built online questionnaire, which enabled an evaluation of 147 courses taught in 10 different degrees. To enable comparison, degrees were grouped into four major degree programs, namely science, pharmacy, medicine and nursing. The pharmacology con..

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The authors also wish to acknowledge Prof. Graham Johnston, Prof. Kathie Knights and A/Prof. Leslie Lluka for their invaluable advisory input to the project. The authors would also like to acknowledge Prof. Ian Hughes for critical review of the in-progress manuscript. The Australian Learning and Teaching Council, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, provided grant support for the original work. The authors wish to thank National Field Services for their expertise and input into the scripting and online survey design. The authors also wish to acknowledge the crucial role of ASCEPT in providing the forum for this project to evolve.