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 mechanisms of action of drugs in developments and newly available drugs will be studied including new anti-cancer therapeutic approches.
Not currently offered.
This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2020.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
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.
This course will cover topics such as
- Review fundamental pharmacology concepts
- Drug targets
- Drug-receptor interactions
- Drug development and evaluation
- Chemical mediators in pharmacology
- Chemotherapeutic drugs
- Anti-inflammatories and immunosuppressants
- Autonomic pharmacology
- Central nervous system pharmacology
- Drugs of abuse and pharmacotherapies for withdrawal syndromes
- Pharmacology of neurodegenerative disorders
- Drugs for controlling diabetes
- Reproductive pharmacology
- Renal pharmacology
- Gastrointestinal pharmacology
- Cardiovascular pharmacology
1st and 2nd year Biomedical Science program
In Term Test: Mid Semester Exam *
Online Learning Activity: Online Computer Simulations.
Formal Examination: Final exam *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- 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
- 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