PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Pharmacology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
The academic objectives of this unit are to provide an introduction to the action of drugs in tissues, organs and whole body environments such that the relevance of pharmacological agents to disease therapy is made clear. Topics include pharmacology of the autonomic and central nervous systems (CNS); respiratory; cardiovascular and endocrine pharmacology; drug dependence; cancer and ethics. The material in the unit is the foundation for further study in pharmacology.
Students are able to (1) describe drug action as interactions between a xenobiotic chemical (the drug) and normal or pathological physiology and biochemistry in each of the body systems; (2) describe both the effects of the drug on the target, and the effects of disease processes and other drugs on this relationship; (3) discuss responsible conduct in learning and research, particularly with respect to the discipline of pharmacology; (4) apply pharmacology principles to new situations; (5) perform simple laboratory procedures relevant to assessing the actions of drugs; (6) access, select and use recent and authoritative sources of relevant information and compile references in an appropriate style; and (7) evaluate knowledge using critical thinking.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) enquiry-based asessments; (2) tests; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Lynette Fernandes
Unit rules
PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
PHAR2230 Systems Pharmacology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 3 sessions, up to 4 hours each; continuous assessments: 2 per semester

Flower RJ, Henderson G, Loke YK, MacEwan DJ, Rang HP, Ritter J (2019) Rang and Dale's Pharmacology. 9th edn.

An earlier edition is also suitable - Dale MM, Flower RJ, Henderson G, Rang HP (2016) Rang & Dale's Ppharmacology. 8th edn.

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