Introduction to Pharmacology

    Unit code: HFB1002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    HBM1001 - Anatomy and Physiology 1; and
    HBM1202 - Anatomy and Physiology 2
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit provides students with knowledge of pharmacology principles: pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and routes of administration; basic mechanisms underlying the action of drugs on the body systems; the principles of the quality use of medicines and potential therapeutic effects and adverse drug reactions. Students will also explore the legal and ethical foundations of pharmacotherapy and culturally safe practice in various clinical scenarios. Selected drugs affecting the peripheral nervous system will be presented in more detail.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Discuss the quality use of medicines and authoritative sources for drug information;
    2. Articulate the basic principles of pharmacological concepts: pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and associated medicinal chemistry;
    3. Explain the potential therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs; and
    4. Interpret and explain the clinical indications for, and adverse effects of, autonomic nervous system agonists and antagonists, and somatic agents.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 15%
    Professional Website Based Module (120 mins)
    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 25%
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 30%
    MCQ Test (40mins)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Case Study Presentation (5mins individual)

    Required reading

    Pharmacology for health professionals
    Bryant, B., Knights, K., Rowland, A. and Darroch, S. (2018)| Sydney: Mosby Elsevier

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