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Pharmacology is a biomedical discipline that is concerned with the study of the effects of drugs on living systems. This course builds on the introductory principles presented in Principles of Drug Actions, and takes a broader look at how drugs, alcohol and toxins affect the human body.
In this course you will learn about the broader aspects of individual responses to drugs and other substances. We’ll examine the interaction between drugs, receptors, and ion channels as determinants of drug action in the peripheral and central nervous systems, and look at the factors that drive individual responses to drugs, including the effects of drugs in pregnancy. You’ll also learn more about the pharmacological effects of other substances, including alcohol and various venoms and toxins.
Module 1 - Drug responses
Module 2 - Drugs in pregnancy
By the end of this module you will be able to:
Module 3 - Alcohol metabolism
Module 4 - Autonomic pharmacology
By the end of this module you will be expected to:
Module 5 - Venoms & toxins
This course provides a fundamental knowledge of pharmacology. The study of pharmacology is part of all nursing, medical, and pharmacy degrees, as well as many science degrees.
This microcredential aligns with the 2-credit point subject, Drugs in the Human Body (91183) in the Master of Science (C04241). This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.
This course is for anyone who is interested in understanding how drugs work, or anyone who needs to have pharmacology as a requisite for postgraduate study (for example a postgraduate pharmacy degree).
On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
There are 3 assessment tasks for this course:
Assessment task 1: Post-venoms & toxins tutorial quiz, weight 30%
Assessment task 2: Scaffolded cholinesterase report, weight 30%
Assessment task 3: End-of-session quiz, weight 40%
Over the duration of the course, topics covered will include individual variations to drugs, adverse drug reactions, drugs in pregnancy, alcohol metabolism, autonomic pharmacology, and venoms & toxins. During the course, there will be opportunities to assess your understanding of the topic and discuss responses through the use of monitored discussion boards and a Zoom tutorial session. Resources and activities are to be accessed via the Canvas learning management system (access will be provided).
In the ‘Venoms and toxins’ Zoom tutorial, you will work in groups to solve a case study involving an envenomation. Using information about the patient’s history and a description of their symptoms, you will identify the venomous animal responsible for the attack, determine the best laboratory test for diagnosis, and decide on the best treatment option. You will be required to present your findings and reasoning to the class in a 2-3 minute presentation. At the conclusion of the tutorial, each participant is expected to sit the post-tutorial quiz via Canvas, where you will be given a number of questions based on the case studies and lecture material. The quiz will run for 15 minutes, with timing starting upon opening the quiz. You have one (1) opportunity to sit this quiz, which will be worth 30% of your final mark.
Participants will be provided with real data from a cholinesterase practical experiment which will provide the foundation for a scaffolded cholinesterase report based on set questions. The report is to be submitted via Canvas. It will be worth 30% of your final mark.
Content will further be assessed through an end of session quiz that will be delivered on Canvas. All topics delivered on Canvas and during the Zoom tutorial are assessable in this quiz. It will be worth 40% of your final mark.
Supplementary assessment items and examinations for this course are not available.
It is recommended that any questions regarding the above are posted to the monitored message board prior to emailing the course coordinator.
Completion of all assessment tasks, and an overall mark of 50% (Pass) or above.
There are no specific requirements for this microcredential, though a background in science is recommended.
None – any pharmacology textbook would aid study.
Access to a computer and the internet.
Full price: $1680 (GST free)
Discount codes are available for the following:
If you are eligible for any of the discounts above, you will need to obtain a discount code BEFORE you sign up to this course.
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Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.
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