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PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 2 core unit in the Pharmacology major sequence
- Level 2 elective
- This unit provides an introduction to the basic principles of pharmacology, the branch of science that studies the effects of drugs on the human body. Topics, which are delivered in modules, include (1) drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion; (2) toxicology and structure–activity relationships; (3) receptor classification, dose–response relationships and intracellular signalling; (4) chemotherapy; and (5) clinical aspects of drug effects. The material in the unit is the foundation for further study in pharmacology but can be taken on its own. While introducing students to the scientific study of drugs and medicines, emphasis is mainly placed on explaining general mechanisms, processes and theories rather than detailing the complex properties of the many individual drugs that are used and abused in today's society. Summative assessments are held throughout the unit to help students adopt a learning strategy that facilitates long-term understanding and mastery of material.
- Students are able to (1) describe the actions of drugs at the molecular, cellular and tissue levels, discriminating between the actions of agonists and antagonists; (2) identify the fundamental processes that regulate the fate of drugs in the body and explain how these influence the magnitude and duration of the effects of a given drug dose in humans; (3) explain the problem of unwanted drug effects, being able to identify a select number of classic drug-induced toxic syndromes and explain the main features of the mechanisms underlying them; (4) identify the main stages in the process whereby molecules turn into medicines, explaining how candidate drugs are identified and carried forward for testing in humans; (5) acquire, evaluate, interpret and present scientifically robust information; and (6) execute simple laboratory procedures relevant to assessing the actions of drugs.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) laboratory assessment; and (3) end of semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Except where supplementary assessment is not available in a unit, it will be offered to students in all units who:
- Are in good academic standing overall;
- Have passed over half the units taken in the teaching period concerned, except where they are only enrolled in two or less units in the period;
- Have submitted all assessment items in the unit;
- Have achieved a mark between 45 and 49 for the unit overall, or the same mark in any failed component item in the unit; and
- No finding of academic misconduct has been made against them in the unit concerned.
Additionally student may apply for supplementary assessment in any unit which is the final unit required for graduation in there course and where they have achieved a mark between 45 and 49 for the unit overall, or the same mark in any failed component item in the unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Ricky Chen
- Unit rules
- ( CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity and SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell ) or ( CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry and SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell ) or ( BIOC1001 Introductory Cellular Biochemistry and SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell ) or ( IMED1001 Form and Function and IMED1002 The Facts of Life )
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; practical labs: 3 x 4 hours per semester; computer lab: 1 x 3-hour session
Flower RJ, Henderson G, Loke YK, MacEwan DJ, Rang HP, Ritter J (2019) Rang and Dale's Pharmacology. 9th edn.
An earlier edition is suitable - Dale MM, Flower RJ, Henderson G, Rang HP (2016) Rang & Dale's pharmacology. 8th edn.
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