This unit of study extends on pharmacological knowledge acquired in the intermediate PCOL and BMED units of study with a major emphasis on gaining an understanding of the scientific basis of current and novel approaches to pharmacological treatment for major health challenges of the 21st century. Lecture topics, tutorials and laboratory sessions cover drug treatment of arthritis, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, diabetes and protein misfolding disorders. New approaches to the development of next-generation targeted drugs are also introduced. As part of this course all students will extend the practical skills in understanding scientific literature, statistical analysis, critical problem solving and analytical thinking. Each student will conduct a capstone elective project (laboratory or literature-based) in applied pharmacology supervised by academic members of the department.
Two 1 hour lectures per week, three 2 hour tutorials, three 3 hour practicals, elective project (equivalent to four 3 hour practicals)
One 2 hour exam, in lecture tests, practical assignment and elective project (100%)
Rang and Dale's Pharmacology, 7th edn; Drs. Humphrey P. Rang, Maureen M. Dale, James M. Ritter, Rod Flower, and Graeme Henderson (Churchill Livingstone).
PCOL2011 or (BMED2401 and 12 additional credit points of BMED240X)Prohibitions