Pharmacology: Drugs and People (PCOL2012)


This unit of study examines four important areas of Pharmacology: (1) Principles of drug action in the nervous system; (2) Drug abuse, addiction and analgesia; (3) Drug treatment of allergies and GI disorders; (4) Introduction to drug discovery and development. The delivery of material involves lectures, practicals, computer-aided learning and problem-based workshops. Practical classes provide students with the opportunity of acquiring technical experience and teamwork. Problem-based workshops are based on real-life scenarios of drug use in the community. These workshops require students to apply information obtained in lectures and readings in order to 'solve' the problems. Workshop activities will include oral presentations, quizzes and focussed group-learning activities.

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Further unit of study information


Workshops (6x1.5 hrs), wet and dry labs (1x2 hrs and 4x4 hrs), lectures (2x1 hr per week)


Lab reports, workshop assignments and quizzes (total 40%) and 2hr exam (60%)


Rang and Dale's Pharmacology, 8th Edition. H. P. Rang, J. M. Ritter, R. J. Flower, and G. Henderson, (Elsevier 2015 ). Medical Pharmacology at a Glance, 7th edn M.J. Neal: (Blackwell Scientific Publications, 2012).

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(6 credit points of CHEM1XXX) and (6 credit points of BIOL1XXX or MBLG1001 or MBLG1901 or MBLG1991).




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