Courses & Units

Pharmacology CSA231


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 CSA231
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Vanni Caruso
Available as an 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


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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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.

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 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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CZZ101 and CZZ102

Concurrent Prerequisites



Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentIn class tests (20%)|Mid Semester Written test (40%)|Written Exam - Final (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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