Current Topics in Pharmacology (PCOL5001)


This unit aims to develop students' understanding of the therapeutic applications of drugs based on their underlying pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties, concentrating on the pharmacology of agents that are widely used in Australia and exploring issues related to the use and safety of these agents.

Further unit of study information


3 hrs per week consisting of lectures (1 per week), 2 laboratory classes and 9 case-based learning workshops.


final examination (55%), two lecture quizzes (10%) in-semester assessments (35%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

6 credit points of Biochemistry, 12 credit points of Chemistry, 12 credit points of Pharmacology, 12 credit points of Physiology. Students who have not completed up to 12 credit points of pre-requisite subjects are strongly advised to take the corresponding Bridging Course offered in February or July and as a distance course at other times of the year.

Study this unit outside a degree

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.