GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY

PAM3PHA

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Pharmacology is the study of drugs. In this subject, students will learn the general principles of pharmacology including drug classification, formulation and routes of administration. Basic pharmacokinetics, including the process of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion, will be discussed in addition to basic pharmacodynamics which includes principles of drug action, drug targets (ion channels, enzymes, transporters, receptors) and cell signalling. Other topics that will be explored include drug development and drug regulation. You will also be introduced to clinical trials and over the counter and complimentary medications. Emphasis is placed on human pharmacology including clinical topics, such as adverse drug reactions and drug interactions. This subject lays the foundation for the study of Drugs in Health, Disease and Society (HBS3PHB).

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRoss O'Shea

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must have passed both PAM2HP1 and PAM2HP2

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsHBS3PCY OR PHE3MHP OR ORT3OPP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsStudents enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences 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 gain prior approval from the subject co-ordinator.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Rang & Dale's Pharmacology

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorRitter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G, Loke YK, MacEwan D, Rang HP

Year2020

Edition/Volume9th Edition

PublisherChurchill Livingstone

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Medical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorWaller DG, Sampson AP, Renwick AG, Hillier K

Year2018

Edition/Volume5th Edition

PublisherSaunders Elsevier

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Pharmacology for Health Professionals

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorBryant B Knights K, Darroch S and Rowland

YearN/A

Edition/Volume5th Edition

PublisherElsevier

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Define pharmacokinetics and describe the way (and factors influencing the way drugs are absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated in the body.
02. Define pharmacodynamics and discuss the major molecular targets of drug action and explain how drugs can act on these targets to produce different responses.
03. Apply knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics to understand and explain causes of contraindications, adverse drug reactions and drug interactions.
04. Discuss the steps involved in the discovery, development and regulation of drugs from bench to market, and the legal frameworks around licensing, prescribing and monitoring of drugs.
05. Demonstrate the ability to source, evaluate and effectively communicate scientific information on the principles and application of pharmacology both independently and as part of a team.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRoss O'Shea

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2-hour multiple choice examination (equivalent to 1,500 words)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One 60-minute multiple choice mid-semester test (equivalent to 800 words)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One group assignment/ presentation/communication piece (equivalent to 500 words/member)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO4, SILO5
Written assignment/exercises (equivalent to 500 words)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO4, SILO5
Written assignment/exercises (equivalent to 800 words)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5