6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2017 (Day)
This unit provides an introduction to the pharmacological principles underlying drug action, as well as drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion. Specific examples of drugs used for therapeutic and social reasons are discussed with an emphasis on the social issues associated with drug availability and use. How new drugs are discovered and the processes by which they are taken from the bench to the marketplace are discussed.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Discuss the targets of drug action, their mechanisms of action and the factors that influence their use as therapeutics;
- Apply knowledge of drug action to discuss the risks and benefits of drug use and some of the non-pharmacological issues associated with drugs in our society;
- Discuss the steps involved in the discovery, development and regulation of drugs from bench to market;
- Demonstrate the ability to obtain, present and interpret data from pharmacological experiments;
- Demonstrate the ability to source, evaluate and use information from a range of sources to critically analyse socially relevant drug controversies;
- Demonstrate the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Written examination (3 hours): 50% (Hurdle)
- Tests: 15%
- Practicals and in-class exercises: 20% (Hurdle)
- Student debate: 15% (Hurdle
This unit is subject to the [[http://www.med.monash.edu.au/
policies/assessment-policy-2017.html][Hurdle and Threshold
Standards policies]] of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.
Three 1-hour lectures per week and three hours of laboratory or self-directed learning/ tutorial per week
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