Pharmacology for Pharmacy (PCOL2605)


This unit of study provides a basic understanding of drug actions related to physiological and pathological functions. It covers areas of drug-receptor interactions, pharmacodynamics and drug treatment of various physiological systems (e.g. autonomic nervous system, central nervous system, cardiovascular, respiratory and endocrine), management of pain and complementary drug therapy.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


3 lect/wk, 12 hours prac/workshop/tutorial


1x2hr exam (70%), continuous assessment (lab reports or assignments) (30%)


Rang & Dale's Pharmacology, 7th edn; Drs. Humphrey P. Rang, Maureen M. Dale, James M. Ritter, Rod Flower, and Graeme Henderson (Churchill Livingstone).

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(CHEM1611 or CHEM1102) and (CHEM1612 or CHEM1101) and (BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993) and (MBLG1991 or BIOL1992 or MBLG1001 or MBLG1901)



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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.