PCOL2555 Essentials of Pharmacology

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Credit points: 6 Session: Summer Classes: Online lectures and face-to-face tutorial and laboratory classes. Prohibitions: PCOL2011, PCOL2012. All intermediate BMED units. Assumed knowledge: 6 credit points of Junior Biology, 6cp of junior Chemistry. Assessment: Online quizzes, report and a final examination (100%)
Note: This unit is not available to BMedSc students.
This unit of study introduces students to the principles of drug action and allows them to develop an understanding of the therapeutic applications of drugs based on their underlying pharmacodynamic properties. It covers cardiovascular and renal drugs, chemotherapy, analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents, respiratory and gastro-intestinal drugs, drugs affecting peripheral and central neurotransmission and the principles of chemotherapy.
Rang & Dale's Pharmacology, 7th edn; Drs. Humphrey P. Rang, Maureen M. Dale, James M. Ritter, Rod Flower, and Graeme Henderson (Churchill Livingstone).

PCOL2605 Pharmacology 2 (Pharmacy)

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6 credit points. B Pharm, B Pharm (Rural), UG Study Abroad Program. Assoc Prof S Carlile, Dr H Lloyd. Session: Semester 1. Classes: 4 lec/wk and 13 hrs prac/workshop/tut. Prerequisites: CHEM 1611, CHEM 1612, BIOL (1001 or 1101 or 1901) and BIOL (1003 or 1903). Corequisites: BCHM 2613. Assessment: One 2 hr exam (70 per cent), one 1 hr mid-semester test (25 per cent), continuous assessment (5 per cent).

In the past, Pharmacology was taught in a combined unit with Physiology in second year. Following a curriculum review in the Faculty of Pharmacy in 2008, Pharmacology will now be taught as a separate unit of study from 2009. 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, cardiovascular, respiratory and endocrine), management of pain and complementary drug therapy.

Rang HP et al. Pharmacology (6th ed). Churchill Livingstone, 2007.

Study aids
Neal MJ. Medical Pharmacology at a Glance (5th ed). Blackwell Science, 2005.
Pharmacology - Condensed, M.M. Dale and D.G. Haylett, Churchill Livingstone (2004)