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Pharmacology in Practice CSA236


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
Unit code CSA236
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Professor Gregory Peterson
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Health Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Health Study Period 3 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Health Study Period 3 30/10/2023 17/11/2023 15/12/2023 28/1/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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 1,3 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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CXA107 or (CZZ101 AND CZZ102)


Teaching Pattern

3 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

AssessmentEarly-semester written assessment (quiz) (30%)|Late-semester written assessment (quiz) (30%)|Written examination - Final (40%)
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Neal MJ. Medical Pharmacology at a Glance (7th edition). Wiley-Blackwell.

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