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)

PCOL 4909 Pharmacology Advanced 4A (Pharmacy)

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6 credit points. B Pharm. Session: Semester 1. Classes: Seminar, tut/workshop/prac class, project work/wk. Assessment: Assignments, oral presentations, written reports, exam.
NB: Department permission required for enrolment. Enrolment is by invitation only.

The aim of this unit of study is to develop students' awareness and understanding of the pivotal role of experimental pharmacology in the development of drugs, and to develop their ability to conduct experimental investigations in accordance with established standards of scientific methodology and critical analysis. The experimental pharmacological aspects of the development of selected drug classes is studied by means of enquiry-based learning approaches utilising seminars, workshops, library research and written assignments. Experience in a range of pharmacological experimental techniques is gained in supervised laboratory practical classes by completing a series of experimental pharmacological investigations into the actions of selected classes of drugs whose activity is well established; experience in the practical aspects of experiment design, analysis, interpretation and reporting of pharmacological investigations is also gained. Students will also commence a pharmacology research project to be completed in PCOL 4910 Pharmacology Advanced 4B (Pharmacy), by undertaking preliminary laboratory work and preparing a literature review and research proposal for both oral and written presentation.

PCOL 4910 Pharmacology Advanced 4B (Pharmacy)

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18 credit points. B Pharm. Session: Semester 2. Classes: Seminar/tut/workshop, project/wk. Prerequisites: All Year 4 Semester 1 subjects at a credit level or better, including PCOL4909. Corequisites: PHAR4616. Assessment: Oral presentation, written dissertation, laboratory placement work.
NB: Department permission required for enrolment. Discipline permission required for enrolment.

The aim of this unit of study is to develop students' research skills and understanding of how experimental pharmacology influences drug development. Students will conduct experimental investigations in accordance with established standards of scientific methodology and develop their critical analytical thinking and writing. In this unit of study, each student will gain experience in some advanced experimental pharmacological research techniques, through the undertaking of an individual research project under the direct supervision of academic and research staff in the Department, and the preparation of an oral presentation and a written dissertation on the experimental project work. The experimental project work is largely undertaken in Semester 2, during placement in Department research laboratories, following initial preparation in the Semester 1 unit of study, PCOL 4909 Pharmacology Advanced 4A (Pharmacy), in which preliminary literature reviews and research proposals were completed.