Pharmacology is the study of drugs, including their actions and effects on the human body. This unit introduces you to the discipline of pharmacology by examining key areas of health and disease, the mechanisms whereby drugs elicit responses in cells, whether drug actions will be selective and long lasting and the nature of adverse effects of drug use. You will learn how common drugs target specific receptors in body tissues, exerting effects as either agonists or antagonists. You will also explore the major biochemical pathways that are activated when drugs interact with their respective receptors. An understanding of pharmacology is fundamental to your understanding of pharmaceutical products in terms of efficacy and safety, and provides a rationale for their therapeutic use. Topics covered in this unit include: Basic principles of pharmacology; Endocrine pharmacology; Autonomic nervous system pharmacology; Cardiovascular pharmacology; Respiratory pharmacology; CNS pharmacology; Pain pharmacology; Gastrointestinal pharmacology
|Unit name||Pharmacology in Practice|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
|Coordinator||Professor Gregory Peterson|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Spring school (extended)||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
|Rozelle - Sydney||Spring school (extended)||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|Spring school (extended)||31/10/2022||23/11/2022||27/12/2022||19/2/2023|
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- Explain the pharmacology concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and how these can be applied when drugs or other chemicals are introduced to the body
- Explain the biochemical mechanisms of action of common drug classes, and how these can result in both beneficial and adverse physiological changes to the body
- Describe how common disease processes can be modified by the use of drugs or other chemicals.
- Apply knowledge of pharmacology to analyse a variety of case studies.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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PrerequisitesCXA107 or (CZZ101 AND CZZ102)
3 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
|Assessment||Early-semester written assessment (quiz) (30%)|Written examination - Final (40%)|Late-semester written assessment (quiz) (30%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Neal MJ. Medical Pharmacology at a Glance (7th edition). Wiley-Blackwell.
|Links||Booktopia textbook finder|
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