Human Pharmacology

Description

This course will cover fundamental pharmacological principles and the mechanism of actions that govern the therapeutic and safe use of drugs. The focus of the course will be on the pharmacology of drugs acting on systems in the body such as the cardiovascular, endocrine, renal, gastrointestinal tract systems and the central nervous system. Additionally, the mechanism of action of chemotherapeutic drugs will be studied.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. To develop knowledge in key pharmacological concepts that defines the interaction of drugs with biological systems.

2. To understand the range of endogenous molecular targets for pharmaceutical compounds and their cellular functions.

3. To understand the therapeutic applications and pharmacology of a variety of drug classes affecting the cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal tract, the immune systems, the central nervous system and of chemotherapeutic drugs.

4. To understand the processes of development of new drugs, preparations and drug delivery systems and the clinical and experimental evaluation of agents and new drugs.

Content

This course will cover topics such as

  1. Review fundamental pharmacology concepts
  2. Drug targets
  3. Drug-receptor interactions
  4. Drug development and evaluation
  5. Pharmacokinetics
  6. Chemical mediators in pharmacology
  7. Chemotherapeutic drugs
  8. Immunosuppressants
  9. Autonomic pharmacology
  10. Central nervous system pharmacology
  11. Analgesics
  12. Drugs of abuse and pharmacotherapies for withdrawal syndromes
  13. Pharmacology of neurodegenerative disorders
  14. Drugs for controlling diabetes
  15. Reproductive pharmacology
  16. Renal Pharmacology
  17. Gastrointestinal pharmacology
  18. Cardiovascular Pharmacology

Assumed Knowledge

1st and 2nd year Biomedical Science program

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Mid Semester Exam *

Online Learning Activity: Online computer simulations.

Formal Examination: Final exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - students must satisfactorily pass the combined mid term and final examination in order to be able to pass the course overall
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - students must satisfactorily pass the combined mid term and final examination in order to be able to pass the course overall

Contact Hours

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 Weeks