Information on this page, including unit offerings, is from the 2020 academic year.
Human Pharmacology (BMS317)
|Organisational Unit||Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences|
|Teaching Timetables||Murdoch S1
|Description||This unit provides an introduction to the principles of drug science. It will concentrate on three broad areas of pharmacology. Firstly, it will provide a good understanding of the key mechanistic actions of pharmacological agents. Secondly, it will concentrate on systems pharmacology, identifying specific drug therapies and regimens used to treat a variety of pathophysiological conditions. Thirdly, it will investigate new molecular and cellular technologies used to produce current and future therapies.|
|Unit Learning Outcomes||1. The student will gain valuable information on the general principles of drug action and how specific pharmacological agents are used therapeutically.
2. The student will gain experience in the analysis, interpretation and presentation of pharmacological data.
3. The student will gain important generic skills such as critical evaluation of scientific papers and development of oral and written presenting abilities.
|Timetabled Learning Activities||Lectures: 3 hours per week; tutorials/workshops/seminars: 2 hours per week.|
|Unit Learning Experiences||This unit contains structured timetabled learning such as lectures, practicals and tutorials.|
|Other Learning Experiences||The student will be required to work in both individual tasks and group exercises. The tutorials will take a student centred approach with each participant contributing to the discussion of a variety of topics. Practicals are intended to provide real world application. One example includes calculating drug doses and determining the best approach to deliver these agents therapeutically. Another example is a practical where spectrophotometry is used to determine drug concentrations. This information is then used to investigate the suitability for market of a hypothetical drug.|
|Assessment||There will be one mid-semester test (40 minutes, 20% of final mark) and a final examination (90 minutes, 40% of final mark). These tests will include short answer questions and calculations. In addition students will be asked to critically evaluate a selected journal article from a peer-reviewed pharmacology journal and present their findings to the class (20% of final mark). Further, the findings from the paper will be used to construct a poster communication that will be assessed in a dedicated class poster symposium (20% of final mark).|
|Prerequisites||Essential: BIO247 Biochemistry or BMS206 Biomedical Physiology OR VET272 Comparative Mammalian Biochemistry.
Recommended: BRD202 Drugs in Society
|Exclusions||Students who have successfully completed BMS365 Essentials of Pharmacology and Chemotherapy may not enrol in this unit for credit.|
|Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
|Appears in these Minors||Pharmacology
|Internet Access Requirements||Murdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.|