FOUNDATIONS IN PHARMACOLOGY

HBS3PCY

2017

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Pharmacology is the study of drugs. Drugs play a key role in the treatment of most human diseases and are used to both cure and prevent disease. In this subject students will learn the general principles of pharmacology including drug classification, formulation, administration and basic pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Drugs affecting the nervous system and major organs will be explored, and the concept of selective toxicity to treat infection will be introduced. Students will gain knowledge in commonly prescribed drugs, clinical trials and over the counter and complimentary medications, drugs of abuse and dependence and drugs in sport. Emphasis is placed on human pharmacology including clinical topics, such as, adverse drug reactions and drug interactions.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRoss O'Shea

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: HZHPDB, HZHPOD, HZLLPP, HZPHPB, HZPHPP, HZPPNB and must have passed both HBS1HBA and HBS1HBB. OR Students must be enrolled in: HBHS or SBMS and must have passed both HBS2PTA and HBS2PTB.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHE3MHP or PHA2PGA.

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students enrolled in either Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Paramedicine will be given priority in order to meet the requirements of their course. Other students who wish to enrol in this subject may choose this subject as an elective provided they have completed the prerequisite subjects.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsRang & Dale's PharmacologyRecommendedRang HP, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G, 20168th Edition, Churchill Liviningstone
ReadingsPharmacology for Health ProfessionalsRecommendedBryant B and Knights K, 20154th Edition, Elsevier
ReadingsMedical Pharmacology and TherapeuticsRecommendedWaller DG, Sampson AP, Renwick AG, Hillier K, 20144th Edition, Saunders Elsevier

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Distinguish between the fundamental principles of pharmacology (pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics), and explain the ways that drugs can produce therapeutic actions in the body. Enabling outcomes: a. Define pharmacokinetics and describe the way (and factors influencing the way) drugs are absorbed, distributed, metabolised and excreted in the body. b. Define pharmacodynamics and identify properties of agonist and antagonist activity and relate this back to drug action. c. Describe the major molecular targets of drug action and explain how drugs can act on these targets to produce different responses.

Activities:
Workshop on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, perform enquiry 1 and 2 and submit written reports, oral presentation on case study
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)
Communication (Communication)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Apply theory of drug classes and molecular actions to investigation of drugs and classes of drugs and their effects on the body Enabling outcomes: a. Describe the different classes of drugs used to treat various diseases and illustrate the way these drugs act (diagrammatically where appropriate). b. Apply the above knowledge to understand and explain causes of contraindications, adverse drug reactions and drug interactions.

Activities:
Perform enquiry 1 and 2 and submit written reports, oral presentation on case study
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Communication (Communication)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Writing (Writing)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2017, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRoss O'Shea

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
"two 1-hour lecture per week"

WorkShop Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"one 2-hour workshop per week (computer lab where possible)"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1.5-hour multiple choice examination50 01, 02
one 30-minute multiple choice mid-semester test15 01, 02
one group assignment/presentation (equivalent to 500 words/member)15 01, 02
written assignment/exercises (equivalent to 2,000 words)20 01, 02

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRoss O'Shea

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1.5-hour multiple choice examination50 01, 02
one 30-minute multiple choice mid-semester test15 01, 02
one group assignment/presentation (equivalent to 500 words/member)15 01, 02
written assignment/exercises (equivalent to 2,000 words)20 01, 02