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Sport Doping, Performance Enhancing Drugs and their Detection CSA122


Sports doping is a truly international problem and has a significant impact on todays society; from cheating, to the politics and ethics of sophisticated doping programs, the enormous bureaucracy and cost of monitoring and prosecuting, along with the impact on an individuals mental and physical health. Students will recognise drug classes that can enhance athletic performance, and that both doping and detection technologies are constantly evolving, leading to a sports doping arms race between detection and doping which drives newer and ever more sophisticated methods of cheating. The Unit begins with an overview of drug classes that are prohibited in sport, their mechanisms of action, effects on performance, and health effects. Students will then learn to appreciate the ethical and legal issues associated with sports doping detection, as well as an introduction into analytical testing methods and processes to ensure sample integrity. The unit incorporates online learning activities consisting of lectures and supportive contextual media, as well as experiential application of internet resources.


Unit name Sport Doping, Performance Enhancing Drugs and their Detection
Unit code CSA122
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Professor Glenn Jacobson
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain whether a drug is a prohibited substance and whether it can be used in or out of competition by applying information from a range of sources.
  • Apply scientific evidence to determine the type and magnitude of performance benefits and health risks associated with various prohibited drug classes.
  • Examine the principles and practices for ethical professional interactions between disciplines and detection of prohibited substances in the field of sports doping local, national and globally.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
019907 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

Fully online

AssessmentUnit Outline Quiz|Unit Plagiarism Quiz|Group assessment (25%)|Poster (25%)|Assignment questions (50%)
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