PHARM 2100 - Pharmacology IIA - Drugs and Health
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code PHARM 2100 Course Pharmacology IIA - Drugs and Health Coordinating Unit Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites 6 units of level I Biology courses: BIOLOGY 1101 & BIOLOGY 1201 or ANAT SC 1102 & ANAT SC 1103 (or equivalent with approval of Head of Discipline) Course Description The course introduces students to basic pharmacological concepts and principles needed to understand the effects of drugs in humans. Students will gain an appreciation for how drugs interact with cellular target molecules, as well as for the cellular and physiological responses resulting from such interactions. These concepts will be illustrated by examining major drug classes and their use in the treatment of major human diseases, including drugs that influence the central nervous system.
Course Coordinator: Dr Abdallah SalemCourse Coordinator: Dr Abdallah Salem
Phone: +61 8 8313 4321
Location: Room N506, Level 5, Medical School North
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 To demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts in modern pharmacology, including familiarity with drug and receptor interactions, basic pharmacokinetic concepts. 2 To explain how drug actions can be exploited in the treatment of important human diseases, including mental disorders, inflammatory conditions, infectious disease, cancer and asthma. 3 To develop skills in the analysis of drug-related research data, including drug dosing calculations, evaluation of differences in potency among drugs; statistical data analysis. 4 To describe the pharmacological effects of the main groups of drugs that are commonly abused. 5 To describe some of the central issues involved in the development of new and improved drugs.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-3, 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4, 5
Required Resources“Rang and Dale's pharmacology” by Rang, Dale, Ritter,
Flower and Henderson (Elsevier, 2012, 7th Edition). This book is an excellent introduction to all
aspects of pharmacology and lecturers will assign relevant chapters for each lecture.
The prescribed texts are integral to the course and may be purchased from:
Unibooks, University of Adelaide
ADELAIDE SA 5005
Recommended ResourcesLecture handouts and recordings will be available through MyUni. Tutorial responses will also be through MyUni and the small group workshops will produce a wiki as part of the workshop.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesPharma-CAL-ogy” Packages - Computer Assisted Instruction
“Pharma-CAL-ogy” Packages are computer-based learning software packages that are interactive and can be used to support lecture materials and simulations of pharmacological preparations. Students who used these packages found them an extremely valuable resource for learning the principles of Pharmacology. “Pharma-CAL-ogy” packages can be accessed through the Faculty of Health Sciences computers located at Barr Smith South Building.
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Drop-in Service* - Level 3 East, Hub Central.
Undergraduate students can access individualised help in the Writing Centre. There are also academic writing and skills development seminars held each semester, as well as a range of online resources available from ‘Writing and Speaking at Uni’ through MyUni, and the ALL printed learning guides; www.adelaide.edu.au/clpd/all/learning_guides/
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Drop-in service: Level 3 East, Hub Central
The Service offers free support for all University of Adelaide students meeting maths (including stats) in their studies, especially for the first time. We offer the following services:
No appointment is necessary. Check the MLS website for opening hours during the breaks.
The MLS provides self-paced bridging courses to cover prerequisite maths knowledge.
For further information:
Maths Learning Centre
North Terrace Campus
Level 3 East, Hub Central
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
You should spend at minimum 12 hours a week on study activities for this course.
This will include an average of 4 hours contact time (lecture/workshop/tutorial) and 8 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Intro to Pharmacology
Targets of Drug Action
Intro to Pharmacology
Intro to Pharmacology
Overview of the ANS
Drugs & Inflammation
Drugs & the GI-Tract
Drugs & Asthma
Drugs & Bacteria
Drugs & Viruses
Drugs & Cancer
Overview of the CNS
Drugs of Dependence
Drugs & Pain Control
Drugs & Mental Disorders
Modern Issues in Pharmacology
Making Better Drugs
Natural Vs Synthetic Drugs
Exam Information Session
& Pharm III Overview
Exam Information Session
& Pharm III Overview
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Final Exam Summative 60% 1-5 Mid Semester Test Summative 15% 1-5 Drug Profile Assignment Summative 15% 1-5 Online Workshops Summative 10% 1-3
Assessment Detail1. Final Exam
A 3 hour written paper held during exam week at the end of semester comprises 60% of your final grade. The exam will assess material from the whole of the lecture course, using a combination of multiple choice, short answer and essay questions.
2. Mid Semester test
This test will be based on lecture material from week 1 till end of week 5 and will comprise 15% of the final grade. The test will employ multiple choice questions and will be held during week seven.
3. Drug Profile Assignment
Studying the properties of individual drugs enhances the learning of pharmacological principles, since concepts covered in lectures often make more sense after seeing them exemplified in specific drugs. This exercise requires you to conduct library-based research into a widely used drug in order to gain an appreciation for its properties including:
i. Basic Pharmacodynamics Properties of the assigned drug
ii. Basic Pharmacokinetic Properties of the assigned drug
iii. Therapeutic Applications of the assigned drug
iv. Major Contraindications and adverse side effects of the assigned drug
The Drug profile assignment will comprise 15% of your final grade. Each student will be assigned a drug and required to complete an online assignment. Detailed information about the assignment will be posted on MyUni.
4. Online Workshops
This will comprise 10% of the final grade. Some of the tutorial sessions will be used to introduce the content of the workshop material. The workshops material will be assessed via online assignments and must be completed by the “Due Date”. Detailed information about the online workshops will be posted on MyUni,
i. Getting the Dose Right
This Workshop will introduce you to the basic skills needed when calculating, preparing and administering drug doses. These skills are vitally important in any area of drug-based research.
ii. Intro to Organ Bath
This workshop introduces you to the use of an organ bath during the study of the effects of drugs within isolated animal tissues. Involves the use of an organ bath simulation package entitled “Simulations of Experiments on Isolated Guinea Pig Ileum.”
iii. Agonist/Antagonist Drugs
This workshop introduces you to the way in which the effects of different types of drugs (e.g. agonists, antagonists) can be distinguished and characterised using an organ bath-based experimental approach. Involves the use of an organ bath simulation package entitled “Simulations of Experiments on Isolated Guinea Pig Ileum.”
iv. Statistical Analysis
In this workshop we will explore how we describe data in statistics, how we test hypotheses in statistics and how to choose an appropriate test.
SubmissionAll submissions are electronic via MyUni.
Late submissions of any student work are not acceptable. Coursework received after the deadline will be penalised as follows:
15% of total available points will be penalised per day (24 hour period or fraction
An automatic zero mark will be applied after 7 days. For example, coursework submitted any time after the deadline up to 24 hours late and marked as a 75% would become 60% (i.e. a 15% penalty). A 55% grade would become a 40%.Coursework submitted to any location other than those specified will not be accepted. This includes submissions to personal staff email addresses. Weekends and public holidays ARE included as penalty days. Extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances following the provision of supporting documentation (e.g. a medical certificate) to the course coordinator BEFORE the due date and time of submission.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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