PHAR3321 Systems Pharmacology Methods

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Pharmacology major sequence
In this unit, students are provided with a state-of-the-art insight into how drugs affect physiological and pathological systems. This is achieved by applying experimental pharmacological methods to a range of contemporary topics including clinical pharmacology, clinical toxicology, immunopharmacology, respiratory pharmacology, clinical trials, psychopharmacology, neuropharmacology and oxidative stress.
Students are able to (1) exhibit proficiency in a wide range of experimental techniques, demonstrated by the correct use of equipment and the ability to complete tasks quickly and accurately; (2) express ideas coherently and logically in laboratory reports submitted at the completion of a range of laboratory sessions, including immunopharmacology, respiratory pharmacology, behavioural pharmacology and oxidative stress; (3) critically appraise and give an oral presentation of the findings of a recent scientific paper selected from a high-impact journal; (4) work together within a team, through the development of an oral presentation on an ethics-based topic related to contemporary scientific issues; and (5) integrate the experimental aspects of particular pharmacology topics covered in this unit with the theoretical aspects of these topics taught in the co-requisite unit.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports/quizzes; (2) oral presentations; and (3) a final laboratory proficiency test. 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 Peter Henry
Unit rules
[PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology,
PHAR2220 Human Pharmacology];
[IMED2002 Blood and Drugs and one of
the following units: IMED2001 Body Defences; IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences or
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics]
PHAR3320 Systems Pharmacology
PHAR3303 Drugs and Disease A
PATH3304 Drugs and Disease B
Contact hours
lab sessions: 5 hours per week
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