The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code

HUBS3205

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

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 mechanisms of action of drugs in developments and newly available drugs will be studied including new anti-cancer therapeutic approches.


Availability

Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2020.


Learning outcomes

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.


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. Anti-inflammatories and 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:

  • 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