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Sport Doping, Performance Enhancing Drugs and their Detection XBR122



Sports doping is a truly international problem and has a significant impact on today’s society; from cheating, to the politics and ethics of sophisticated doping programs, the enormous bureaucracy and cost of monitoring and prosecuting, along with the impact on an individual’s mental and physical health. Students will recognise drug classes that can enhance athletic performance, and that both doping and detection technologies are constantly evolving, leading to a sports doping “arms race” between detection and doping which drives newer and ever more sophisticated methods of cheating. The Unit begins with an overview of drug classes that are prohibited in sport, their mechanisms of action, effects on performance, and health effects. Students will then learn to appreciate the ethical and legal issues associated with sports doping detection, as well as an introduction into analytical testing methods and processes to ensure sample integrity. The unit incorporates online learning activities consisting of lectures and supportive contextual media, as well as experiential application of internet resources.


Unit name Sport Doping, Performance Enhancing Drugs and their Detection
Unit code XBR122
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Pharmacy|Chemistry|Law

Dr Glenn Jacobson

Teaching staff

Dr Glenn Jacobson; Mr Carl Cooper; Professor Michael Breadmore; A/Prof Jason Smith; Dr Lynden Griggs.

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

* 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 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,200.00 060501

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Teaching Pattern

Fully online.


Engagement Activity 1&2 (unit outline & plagiarism quiz). 0% weight;

Assessment Task 1 Mock poster presentation to a sporting group about a particular performance enhancing drug, 25% weight;

Assessment Task 2 Written review of the prohibited status of a drug, its performance effects and health risks. Consists of assignment questions regarding pharmacology and use in a fictitious doping scenario, 50% weight;

Assessment Task 3 Review of doping detection quality assurance, ethical boundaries and legal framework. A group assessment through online discussion where participants review a fictitious case/scenario of doping each from a different perspective - a doping regulator, legal defence, analytical chemist, and the media/layperson and submit a group response, 25% weight.

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