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Essential Pharmacology (9002.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Pharmacy


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  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (188429) - View
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  • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (164371) - View
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  • Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (139166) - View

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This unit introduces fundamental aspects of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Principles of receptor theory will be used to describe drug-receptor interactions. This unit will also explore how the chemical properties of drugs are relevant to their mechanism of action, drug disposition and potential side effects.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of receptor theory;

2. Explain drug mechanism of action with respect to physicochemical properties; and

3. Demonstrate a basic understanding (including calculations) about the importance of pharmacokinetics on drug action.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

1 1/2 hour lecture and 3 hour tutorial / practical


6530 Biochemistry and 9808 Regional Anatomy and Physiology


9000 Biopharmaceutics and Advanced Formulations

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