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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 provides the introductory principles governing drug action. These principles are expanded upon in our accompanying microcredentials, Drugs in the Human Body and Mechanism of Drugs in Treatment.
In this course you’ll explore the chemical nature of drugs and the relationship between structure and activity. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of drug actions at their receptor sites, as well as the mechanisms and specificity of drug action.
Online content is complemented by a Zoom tutorial program which emphasises the relationship between the properties of a drug and its delivery.
The study of pharmacology is an important part of any general medical or bioscience education and is also relevant to careers in teaching, law, and local government. This course is designed not only towards training specialist pharmacologists, but also aims to provide a broad understanding of drugs, how they affect living organisms and their impact on society. The fundamental principles of pharmacology covered in this course are essential to developing an understanding of the metabolism and actions of specific drugs in detail.
Module 1 - Introduction to pharmacology
Module 2 - Agonists, antagonists, and drug toxicity
Module 3 - Drug receptors
Module 4 - Pharmacokinetics
Administration & Absorption
Metabolism & Excretion
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, Principles of Drug Actions (91181), 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 post graduate pharmacy degree).
On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
There are 3 assessment tasks for this course:
Assessment task 1 - Pharmacokinetics case study (Presentation, group and individually assessed, weight 20%)
Assessment task 2 - End-of-session quiz (Individual, weight 50%)
Assessment task 3 - Pharmacokinetics Zoom tutorial (Quiz/test, individual, weight 30%)
Over the course, emphasis will be placed on modes of drug action, structure-activity relationships and drug targets. 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).
Participants will be given access to a self-directed dose-response tutorial. They are encouraged to direct their learning with video links provided and engage in coordinated learning via the monitored discussion boards.
In the pharmacokinetic Zoom tutorial, you will work in groups to tackle a range of pharmacokinetic problems based on real-life examples relating to the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs. During the final hour of the tutorial, you will be given 30 minutes to complete responses based on a case study involving drug interactions to determine the mechanism, potential consequences for patients and alternative therapeutic strategies. Your group will be required to present your case study findings in a five-minute presentation to the course coordinator over Zoom. The tutorial component will be worth 30% of your mark and the case study presentation worth 20%.
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 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.
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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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