Pharmaceutical Science (PHAR5515)


This unit of study will provide an introduction to the concepts required for the study of Pharmacy and integrate knowledge from the various sub-disciplines within the Pharmaceutical Sciences. Topics studied include sterilisation methods, chemical antimicrobial agents, cleanroom technology, physicochemical/molecular properties underlying drug action, drug metabolism, bioactivation and inactivation, identification of drugs and their metabolites, and toxicology. These concepts will be further explored in workshop formats.

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Further unit of study information


2 x lec/week


2 x 1.5hr exams (60%), microbiology labs and workshops (10%), drug molecular properties workshops (10%), metabolism workshops (10%), toxicology workshops (10%)


Denyer SP, Hodges NA & Gorman SP. Hugo & Russell's Pharmaceutical Microbiology, 7th edition, Blackwell, 2004. D.A. Williams & T.L. Lemke eds. Foye's Principles of Medicinal Chemistry, 5th edition, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2002. Wallwork, S.C. & Grant, D.J.W. Physical Chemistry for students of Pharmacy and Biology, 3rd edition, New York: Longman, 1977. Casarett and Doull's toxicology: the basic science of poisons. 6th edition, 2001. D.G. Watson. Pharmaceutical Analysis, 2nd edition, Churchill-Livingstone, 2005.

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

6 credit points of Human Biology, 6 credit points of Biochemistry, 12 credit points of Chemistry. 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 or as a distance course at other times of the year.

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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.