Course Title: Integrative Pharmacology - Neurological and Affective Disorders

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrative Pharmacology - Neurological and Affective Disorders

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS2475

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Daria Camera

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257357

Course Coordinator Email: daria.camera@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.9.12

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

A pass in ONPS 2441 Principles of Pharmacology 1 and  ONPS 2443 Principles of Pharmacology 2 is required before attempting this course.


Course Description

This is an integrated course covering the pharmacology of therapeutic agents relevant to neurological and affective disorders. It focuses on understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the central and peripheral nervous systems, the rationale for drug therapy as well as describing the range of therapeutic strategies. It explores factors that affect drug disposition and adverse events in this therapeutic area. This course will undertake an examination of neurological and affective disorders to underpin an understanding of the pharmacotherapy of these conditions.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will undertake a series of lectures, tutorials and workshops to develop a functional understanding of:

The anatomy, physiology and patholgy of the brain and nervous system
Therapeutic strategies for the treatment of neurological disorders
The pharmacology of drugs used to treatneurological disorders
The clinical implications of drug and other therapies for treatment of neurological disorders

 


Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Develop a broad and coherent body of knowledge and deep understanding of the underlying principles and fundamental concepts in the area of human pharmacology related to the central and peripheral nervous system.
  2. Adapt your knowledge, concepts and skills to develop initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving, and decision making within the context of the pharmacology of therapeutic agents used to treat disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system.
  3. Develop cognitive, technical and creative skills to effectively and critically communicate and advance arguments, both orally and written, within the context of the pharmacology of therapeutic agents used to treat disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system.
  4. Develop your ability for lifelong learning, and be able to adapt and apply cognitive, technical, creative and communication skills and abilities within the context of the pharmacology of therapeutic agents used to treat disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system.
  5. Apply your initiative and judgement and adapt your knowledge and skills to all aspects of the scientific research process, including sourcing material, developing research protocols, critically analysing research and communicating research findings. These abilities will allow you to adapt your knowledge and skills within diverse research areas associated with the pharmacology of therapeutic agents used to treat disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system.
     


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning experience is face-to-face, in lectures, tutorials and workshops. Case studies and presentations are used to integrate knowledge across discipline areas (anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and therapeutics).
 


Overview of Learning Resources

You have access to course materials on the online RMIT Learning Hub (myRMIT), including digitised readings, lecture notes, external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will receive feedback on your progress in tutorial classes, as well as in formal assessments conducted during the semester. You will be assessed through formal exams and tests. Assessment may also include oral presentations and written assignments.