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Essential Pharmacology G (9586.1)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Pharmacy


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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;

3. Demonstrate relevant calculations and an understanding about the importance of pharmacokinetics on drug action; and

4. Integrate current published research with taught material.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

5 hours per week.





Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

8515 Chemical Pharmacology PG.

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