Courses & Units

Pharmacology CSA230



This unit is designed to introduce students to pharmacology, which is the field of science concerned with the effect of drugs on living organisms. The knowledge of pharmacology is fundamental to the safe and effective use of medicines by health professionals. This unit provides students with an understanding of important pharmacological concepts in the treatment of specific diseases. Emphasis is given to the clinical application of pharmacology in the management of disease through a series of case-based workshops. CSA230 Pharmacology and CSA231 Pharmacology are taught as two distinct interconnected units.


Unit name Pharmacology
Unit code CSA230
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Vanni Caruso
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the principles of drug action and the pharmacological concepts involved in variability of drug response, drug interactions and drug toxicity.
  • Explain the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and discuss factors that influence the routes of administration and dosing regimens.
  • Describe the mechanism of action, adverse effects and clinical use of commonly prescribed therapeutic agents.
  • Effectively search, evaluate, and communicate drug information and related literature.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
019907 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Online learning resources (equivalent to 2 hours of activity per week) and 2 x 2hr workshops weekly

AssessmentIn class test (10%)|Written test (30%)|Written test - Final Exam (60%)
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