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Hobart, Rozelle - Sydney


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

Summary 2021

Unit name Pharmacology in Practice
Unit code CSA236
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy

Gregory Peterson

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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About Census Dates




CXA107 or (CZZ101 and CZZ102)


CAA205 or (CAA206 and CXA204)


Teaching Pattern

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


2-hr final written examination 70%

Mid-semester written assessment 30%.

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Neal MJ. Medical Pharmacology at a Glance (7th edition). Wiley-Blackwell.


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