PHAR3310 Molecular Pharmacology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 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 3 elective
This unit provides students with state-of-the-art insights into how drugs affect physiological and pathological systems. The topics are dealt with in depth and include receptor structure/function, receptor classification, signal transduction, drug structure/activity modelling, biotransformation and toxicology.
Students are able to (1) understand and clearly explain key concepts in ligand binding and activation/inhibition of receptor function; (2) understand and clearly explain key concepts in the role of protein phosphorylation in cell signalling to proliferation and differentiation and cancer; (3) understand and clearly explain key concepts in the regulation of G-protein coupled receptors in health and disease; (4) understand and clearly explain key concepts in the role of ion channels and transporters in cell signalling, especially in the context of nervous system function; (5) understand and clearly explain key concepts in the use of computational modelling in drug discovery and design; (6) understand and clearly explain key concepts in the significance of genetic polymorphisms in drug response; and (7) understand and clearly explain key concepts in biotransformation of drugs and toxicological aspects.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) summative assessments and (2) end-of-semester 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 Fiona Pixley
Unit rules
PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology,
PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology;
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
one of the following units: IMED2001 Body Defences; IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
PHAR3303 Drugs and Disease A
PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
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