Course Title: Integrative Pharmacology - Gastrointestinal and Endocrine

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrative Pharmacology - Gastrointestinal and Endocrine

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Joanne Hart

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7545

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.2.16

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

Course Description

This is an integrated course covering the anatomy, physiology pathology, pharmacology and of therapeutics relevant to the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems. It focuses on understanding disease processes and 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 the human gastrointestinal and endocrine systems in both health and disease to underpin an understanding of pharmacotherapy of common disorders. An understanding of gastrointestinal and endocrine pathophysiology will be used to provide an appreciation of different approaches to treatment.

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 gastro-intestinal and endocrine systems
  • Therapeutic strategies for the treatment of GIT and endocrine disorders
  • The pharmacology of drugs used to treat GIT and endocrine disorders
  • The clinical implications of drug and other therapies for treatment of GIT and endocrine disorders

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Describe the anatomy, physiology and disease processes involving the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.
  • Discuss basic diagnosis and therapeutic indications for diseases involving the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.
  • Predict and explain expected adverse events for commonly used drugs in this therapeutic area, their mechanisms and resolution.
  • Predict and explain potential drug interactions, their various mechanisms, and how this has an impact in clinical practice in this therapeutic area.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning experience is primarily face-to-face, in lectures and tutorial-workshops. You will participate in activities relating to case studies that are used to integrate knowledge across the discipline areas, including anatomy, physiology and the underpinning principles of pharmacology.

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 and textbook resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed through via tests during the semester and an end-of-semester exam. Other assessment tasks may include assignments, presentations and case-based workshop activities.