Units in the Department of Pharmacology


(PM) Human Toxicology 201 (960.201)

6 points
Semester 2

This unit provides a foundation in the basic principles of molecular and cellular toxicology and how these principles apply to the toxicology of foreign chemicals in the body. Topics covered include the kinetics of toxins in the body, genetic susceptibility to toxic responses, organ-selective toxicity (liver, lung, kidney, nervous system), environmental toxins, teratogenesis and carcinogenesis, oxidative stress and risk assessment.

Lectures:

2 per week
Tutorials:

1 per fortnight
Labs:

10 hrs
Unit Co-ordinator:

Dr R. F. Minchin
Prerequisite:

a first-year biology unit
Incompatible:

Pharmacology 220 or 230

(PM) Principles of Pharmacology 210 (960.210)

6 points
Semester 1

This unit provides an introduction to the basic principles of pharmacology. Topics include dose-response relationships, mechanisms of action, introduction to receptor theory, drug metabolism and disposition, genetic aspects of drug effects, structure-activity relationships, drug abuse and addiction. The material in the unit is the foundation for further study in pharmacology but can be taken as a six-point unit on its own.

Lectures:

2 per week
Tutorials:

1 per fortnight
Labs:

3 hrs per week
Unit Co-ordinator:

Associate Professor B. W. Madsen
Prerequisite:

Biology 101 or Human Biology 100. Chemistry is recommended.

(PM) Molecular Pharmacology 220 (960.220)

6 points
Semester 2

This unit provides an introduction to the molecular basics of drug action and includes topics such as principles of ligand-receptor interaction, surface receptors and their signalling pathways, G-coupled receptors, principles of molecular pharmacology techniques, rational drug design and gene cloning in the pharmaceutical industry. The material in the unit is the foundation for further study in pharmacology.

Lectures:

2 per week
Tutorials:

1 per fortnight
Labs:

3 hrs per week
Unit Co-ordinator:

to be advised
Prerequisites:

Pharmacology 210 and a first-year chemistry unit. First-year physics or mathematics is recommended.

(PM) Systems Pharmacology 230 (960.230)

6 points
Semester 2

This unit provides an introduction to the action of drugs in tissues, organs and whole body environments. Topics covered include pharmacology of the autonomic system, cardiovascular and respiratory pharmacology, chemotherapy of microbial disease and cancer, endocrine pharmacology and drug effects in the central nervous system. The material in the unit is the foundation for further study in pharmacology.

Lectures:

2 per week
Tutorials:

1 per fortnight
Labs:

3 hrs per week
Unit Co-ordinator:

Professor R. G. Goldie
Prerequisite:

Pharmacology 210

(PM) Molecular Pharmacology 301 (960.301)

12 points
Semester 1

This unit deals with receptor pharmacology: structure and function of ion channels; drug transporters; steroid receptors; molecular structures in pharmacology; immunopharmacology; and neuropharmacology.

Laboratory work is arranged within these sections and comprises supervised experiments and projects with written assignments.

Lectures:

3 per week
Labs:

minimum of 10 hrs per week
Unit Co-ordinator:

Associate Professor B. Martinac
Prerequisites:

(PM) Principles of Pharmacology 210; (PM) Molecular Pharmacology 220 or (PM) Systems Pharmacology 230 or (PM) Human Toxicology 210. A first-year chemistry unit plus either Biochemistry 210 or Physiology 240 or 250 is required.

(PM) Systems Pharmacology 302 (960.302)

12 points
Semester 2

This unit deals with autonomic pharmacology; respiratory pharmacology; behavioural pharmacology and psychopharmacology; pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism; cancer pharmacology; and gene therapy.

Laboratory work is arranged within these sections and comprises supervised experiments and projects with written assignments.

Lectures:

3 per week
Labs:

minimum of 10 hrs per week
Unit Co-ordinator:

Associate Professor B. Martinac
Prerequisites:

(PM) Principles of Pharmacology 210; (PM) Molecular Pharmacology 220 or (PM) Systems Pharmacology 230 or (PM) Human Toxicology 210. A first-year chemistry unit plus either Biochemistry 210 or Physiology 240 or 250 is required.