UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Tony Chau

Majoring in Pharmacology not only enriched my knowledge in the theoretical components of drug function, it also provided a wealth of clinical experience within a laboratory environment. Pharmacology has provided a solid foundation in which further pursuit in the scientific field, such as medicine or dentistry, can be built upon.

Pharmacology major

How do medicines produce their beneficial effects on human diseases? How can drugs target particular organs, cells, proteins and genes? This major provides the comprehensive grounding in scientific concepts that you require in order to understand the effects of drugs on the human body, combined with an appreciation of how these effects are used to treat human diseases. The units offered include drug–receptor interactions, dose–response relationships, intracellular signalling, drug metabolism and elimination, toxicology, respiratory pharmacology, immunopharmacology, drug discovery and development, as well as the role of genetics in dictating individual responses to drugs. Theoretical content is reinforced by practical laboratory sessions and computer-based workshops.

Outcomes

Students are able to describe the actions of drugs at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels, discriminating between the actions of agonists, partial agonists, inverse agonists, antagonists, allosteric modulators, etc.

Degree-specific major

Degree-specific major

Pharmacology can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Pharmacology is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell Prerequisites: (Human Biology: ATAR or equivalent; or Biology: ATAR or equivalent; or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human; or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human; or BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology; or IMED1001 Form and Function) and (Chemistry: ATAR or equivalent or a Level 1 Chemistry unit)
Incompatibility: SCIE2225 Molecular Biology passed in or before 2004
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, S2 CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity Prerequisites: ATAR Chemistry or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry or equivalent or CHEM1105 Introductory Chemistry or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility: CHEM1102 Organic Chemistry, CHEM1103 Biological Organic Chemistry
S2 CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry Prerequisites: ATAR Chemistry, WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology Prerequisites: (CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity; or CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry); and SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
S2 PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology Prerequisites: PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology
Incompatibility: PHAR2230 Systems Pharmacology

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 PHAR3310 Molecular Pharmacology Prerequisites: PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology, and PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology; or PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology, and PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems, and BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell, and one of the following units: ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development, MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology, or PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Incompatibility: PHAR3303 Drugs and Disease A, and PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B
S1 PHAR3311 Molecular Pharmacology Methods Prerequisites: PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology, and PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology; or PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology, and PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems, and BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell, and one of the following units: ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development, MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology, or PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Co-requisites: PHAR3310 Molecular Pharmacology; or Biomedical Science major level 2 units
Incompatibility: PHAR3303 Drugs and Disease A, and PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B
S2 PHAR3320 Systems Pharmacology Prerequisites: [PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology and PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology] or [PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology and PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and one of the following units: ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development, MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology or PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease]
Incompatibility: PHAR3303 Drugs and Disease A, and PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B
S2 PHAR3321 Systems Pharmacology Methods Prerequisites: [PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology and PHAR2220 Introduction to Human Disease] or [PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology and PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and one of the following units: ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development, MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology or PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease ]
Co-requisites: PHAR3320 Systems Pharmacology
Incompatibility: PHAR3303 Drugs and Disease A, and PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Pharmacology degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-PHARY (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Pharmacology degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-PHARY-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Pharmacology can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

Pharmacology can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Pharmacology second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2 SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell Prerequisites: (Human Biology: ATAR or equivalent; or Biology: ATAR or equivalent; or ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human; or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human; or BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology; or IMED1001 Form and Function) and (Chemistry: ATAR or equivalent or a Level 1 Chemistry unit)
Incompatibility: SCIE2225 Molecular Biology passed in or before 2004
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, S2 CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity Prerequisites: ATAR Chemistry or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry or equivalent or CHEM1105 Introductory Chemistry or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility: CHEM1102 Organic Chemistry, CHEM1103 Biological Organic Chemistry
S2 CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry Prerequisites: ATAR Chemistry, WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry or CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry or equivalent

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology Prerequisites: (CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity; or CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry); and SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
S2 PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology Prerequisites: PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology
Incompatibility: PHAR2230 Systems Pharmacology

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 PHAR3310 Molecular Pharmacology Prerequisites: PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology, and PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology; or PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology, and PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems, and BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell, and one of the following units: ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development, MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology, or PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Incompatibility: PHAR3303 Drugs and Disease A, and PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B
S1 PHAR3311 Molecular Pharmacology Methods Prerequisites: PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology, and PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology; or PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology, and PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems, and BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell, and one of the following units: ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development, MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology, or PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease
Co-requisites: PHAR3310 Molecular Pharmacology; or Biomedical Science major level 2 units
Incompatibility: PHAR3303 Drugs and Disease A, and PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B
S2 PHAR3320 Systems Pharmacology Prerequisites: [PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology and PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology] or [PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology and PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and one of the following units: ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development, MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology or PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease]
Incompatibility: PHAR3303 Drugs and Disease A, and PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B
S2 PHAR3321 Systems Pharmacology Methods Prerequisites: [PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology and PHAR2220 Introduction to Human Disease] or [PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology and PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell and one of the following units: ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development, MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology or PATH2220 Introduction to Human Disease ]
Co-requisites: PHAR3320 Systems Pharmacology
Incompatibility: PHAR3303 Drugs and Disease A, and PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Pharmacology can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-PHARY (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Pharmacology can also be taken as a degree-specific major.