Course Title: Applied Pharmacology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Pharmacology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Prof Emilio Badoer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7081

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.010

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

Applied Pharmacology provides further exploration of the principle concepts in pharmacology and has an emphasis on practical and research work. This course aims to present current aspects of applied pharmacology and relies on the theoretic basis provided by the ONPS2032 Principles of Pharmacology. The content of this course will comprise a series of lectures, tutorials and practicals. It is designed to include work integrated learning in preparation for career paths in research as either a research assistant or higher degrees candidate.

Topics in applied pharmacology include agonist-receptor kinetics, signal transduction, neural and electrical signalling, major receptor types – how they are studied and what they do, intracellular signal strategies, second messenger pathways and examples of these in both health and disease.

In the practical component emphasis will be placed on developing skills in scientific report writing, including understanding and describing methods in pharmacology, and the analysis and interpretation of experimental results. In this way the course aims to foster an understanding of how research works and the rigour required to properly describe and present research results.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Pharmaceutical Sciences (BP311):   

  • Exhibiting depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO1)
  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO2)
  • Communication and teamwork (PLO3)
  This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Chem Eng/Pharm Sci double degree (BH095):
  • Exhibiting depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO1)
  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO2)
  • Written communication (PLO3)

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

  1. Interpret the significance of findings in pharmacology for the identification of therapeutic targets in the treatment of disease.
  2. Apply and relate knowledge gained from other disciplines for instance physiology and biochemistry to the field of pharmacology research. Communicating your understanding of pharmacology and participating in scientific discourse.
  3. Interpret information presented in peer-reviewed international literature, including an appreciation of the methods and how they relate to laboratory work as well as the structure and reasoning behind hypothesis driven (empirical) research.
  4. Apply the scientific method to acquire, analyse and interpret pharmacological data in experimental protocols and present those results in the form of a rigorous scientific report.
  5. Demonstrate the technical skills required for the pharmacology laboratory.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures - will set the topic for each week and introduce you to the current level of understanding in various aspects of pharmacology.

Tutorials – in which you will be required to prepare answers to discussion questions posed by the lecture material or associated podcasts and these tutorial discussions may continue online using a discussion board.

Workshops - Each week there will also be either a Pre- or Post- practical workshop that will assist you to prepare for the practicals and develop skills in data analysis and report writing.

Practicals – will include performing experiments to explore in vitro, in vivo and molecular methods in pharmacology. You will obtain experimental data that you will use to practice analysing and presenting scientific data in report form similar to that of a scientific publication.

You will undertake the equivalent of 5 hours per week for one semester, comprising lecture, practical and workshop sessions. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of five 5 hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include lecture notes, workshop and practical exercises and handouts, and references on selected topics. The online course webpage accessed via myRMIT (, provides opportunities for you to independently access much of this material. 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. The Pharmaceutical Sciences Subject Guide ( also provides useful references.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1: In semester tests

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Written and oral assignments

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory report

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5