DRUGS IN HEALTH, DISEASE AND SOCIETY

PAM3PHB

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject deals with the pharmacology of different drug classes used in health and disease, with an emphasis on the mechanism of drug action. The effects of drugs on the major organ systems will be covered, including topics on cardiovascular, respiratory and neuro-pharmacology, in addition to immunology, diabetes and selective toxicity. Special interest topics on drugs used in society will also be explored including drugs of abuse and drugs in sport. Students will apply the principles and knowledge of pharmacology to conduct a capstone project (literature-based) on a contemporary pharmacological issue or problem. This subject addresses La Trobe's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Essential. Innovation & Entrepreneurship entails developing the ability to tackle problems creatively, generating new ideas, taking calculated risks and creating change to achieve ambitions - now an in the future. An employability module in the subject will allow reflection on attainment of graduate capabilities and consideration of future career pathways.

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 PAM3PHA

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsHBS3PCY OR ORT3OPP OR PHE3MHP

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. This subject is a continuation from HBS3PHA and therefore students wishing to enrol in this subject should have already successfully completed HBS3PHA.

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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Pharmacology for Health Professionals

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorBryant B Knights K, Darroch S and Rowland W

Year2019

Edition/Volume5th Edition

PublisherElsevier

ISBNN/A

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Chapter/issueN/A

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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

ISBNN/A

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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. Develop a solid understanding of the different classes of drugs used to treat disease affecting major organs and illustrate the way these drugs act (diagrammatically where appropriate).
02. Exhibit understanding of drugs used in society and the issues and implications of the use of these drugs on the community.
03. Gain an appreciation of how a detailed understanding of disease processes, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics is important for the rational development of new, safe and effective therapeutic drugs.
04. Demonstrate the ability to effectively interpret data from pharmacological studies and use effective communication skills to communicate pharmacological terminology, information and arguments to a range of audiences using a variety of modes.
05. Demonstrate a sound understanding of relevant graduate capabilities and attributes that support success in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM careers by evaluating ones current level of graduate capabilities and attributes and aligning these with employment opportunities.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRoss O'Shea

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 32 - 43
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Module MCQ exams (2 x 25%, each equivalent to 1,000 words)Content exam (week 1-5)Content exam (week 6-11)

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One group assignment/ presentation/communication piece (equivalent to 1,000 words/member)Assignment on contemporarypharmacological issue/drug discovery/drugdevelopment (students to select fromsuggested topics):Written componentOral componentTo take place week 12

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO3, SILO4

Written assignment/exercises (equivalent to 500 words)Linked to workshop content(2% x 5 = 10% in total)

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Employability module (equivalent to 500 words)Reflection on attainment of graduatecapabilities and preparedness for nextphase of career.

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO4, SILO5