Course Title: Pharmacology and Toxicology for the Biosciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Pharmacology and Toxicology for the Biosciences

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS2303

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Joanne Hart

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7545

Course Coordinator Email: joanne.hart@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 223.02.16

Course Coordinator Availability: please email for an appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course gives you an introduction to pharmacology and toxicology and centres on the study of medicines, drugs and poisons.  The course considers legal and illegal medicines and drugs that are used in society, toxic substances found in the environment, the workplace and homes, and venoms and toxins.

Areas covered include:
1. Introduction and definitions of medicines, drugs and poisons
2. How the body handles medicines, drugs and poisons
3. How medicines, drugs and poisons produce their effects in the body
4. How medicines, drugs and poisons interact with the nervous system
5. How drugs are developed
6. Drugs and medicines in society; drug abuse and dependence
7. Introduction to toxicology; venoms and toxins
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 

Pharmaceutical Sciences (BP184): This course contributes to the following program level outcomes

  • Exhibiting depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO1)
  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO2)
  • Communication and teamwork (PLO3).

Pharmacy (BH102): This course contributes to the program learning outcomes based on the following Domains of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia:

  • Promote and contribute to optimal use of medicines (Domain 7)
  • Critical analysis, research and education (Domain 8).


 

This course lays the foundation for further studies of pharmacology, toxicology, therapeutic agents, pre-clinical and clinical drug testing and drug development and regulation.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Develop a broad and coherent body of knowledge in pharmacology and toxicology to support a basic understanding of how drugs are developed and evaluated, how they are handled by the body and how they produce their actions and effects in the body.
  2. Adapt this knowledge and the basic concepts involved to problem solve.
  3. Develop written skills to effectively communicate this knowledge and the basic concepts.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is offered completely online.  The course material includes problem-based learning utilising current issues and scenarios to provide you with knowledge in pharmacology and toxicology.  Revision quizzes and questions are provided so that you can review and evaluate your progress and ability to understand the material presented.

You will undertake the equivalent of 5 hours per week for one semester of online activities.


Overview of Learning Resources

The course content is provided online via myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit), and includes an eBook and Learning Guide that includes problem-based learning utilising current issues and scenarios to provide you with knowledge in pharmacology and toxicology. You are expected to regularly access the course website, which contains announcements, course information such as detailed timetables and prescribed reading, course documents and the grade book.


Overview of Assessment

 

Assessment activities are conducted throughout the semester so that you can review and evaluate your progress and ability to demonstrate that you adequately understand the material presented.

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Tests during the semester

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Written assignments

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: End of SemesterExam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3