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Pharmacology is a biomedical discipline that is concerned with the study of the effects of drugs on living systems. Mechanisms of Drugs in Treatment builds on the topics covered in the previous microcredentials in this series to explain in detail how drugs work to treat specific conditions including asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and chronic pain.
You will also learn about specialised classes of drugs including opioid analgesics, benzodiazepines and anaesthetics – how they work to produce desired pharmacological effects, as well as unwanted side effects and the issues that arise around addiction, tolerance and dependence of these drugs.
Module 1 - Opioids
Module 2 - Neuromuscular blockers
Module 3 – Benzodiazepines
Module 4 - Anaesthetics
Module 5 - Antiepileptic Drugs
Module 6 - Drugs for Diabetes Treatment
Module 7 - Drugs in Asthma
This course provides fundamental knowledge in 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, Mechanism of Drugs in Treatment (91182) 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 2 assessment tasks for this course:
Assessment task 1: Online science communication task - blog style article, weight 50%
Assessment task 2: End-of-session quiz, weight 50%
Learning will be facilitated through online material presented on the Canvas learning management system (access will be provided). Participants will use the knowledge for active discussion with their peers via monitored discussion boards and Zoom tutorial sessions.
During the Zoom tutorial you will be introduced to the blog assignment, wherein each participant will be assigned a topic to research and write a blog-style article about. The blog assignment will be worth 50% of your final mark.
Content will be further 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 50% 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.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your UTS staff or alumni number or provide details of your enrolment to C04252, Master of Pharmacy. Once verified, you will be supplied with a voucher code to apply to your cart.
Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.
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