Course Title: Principles of Toxicology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles of Toxicology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Paul Wright

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6512

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.019

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

This course introduces you to the principles of toxicology, with particular emphasis on the principles governing toxic responses to chemical exposures, including the disposition of toxicants, and the nature and effect of toxicity. This course relies on the theoretical basis provided by biochemistry courses such as ONPS2423 Introduction to Medical Biochemistry, or equivalent courses.

This course is designed to assist in the preparation of graduates for employment as responsible workers in the pharmaceutical industry or related areas, such as government drug regulatory affairs and clinical trial centres, or to pursue postgraduate research in the disciplines of toxicology and pharmacology.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Exhibiting depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO 1)
  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO 2)
  • Communication and teamwork (PLO 3)
  • Investigation and analysis (PLO 4)

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

  1. Developed a broad and coherent body of knowledge in toxicology to support a basic understanding of the principles governing toxic responses to chemical exposures.
  2. Adapted this knowledge and the basic concepts involved to problem solving.
  3. Developed oral and written skills to effectively communicate this knowledge and the basic concepts.
  4. Applied initiative and judgement in searching, reviewing and analysing toxicology-related knowledge in scientific literature and public media.
  5. Work effectively, as both an individual and in a team environment.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course includes structured theoretical and workshop components to provide you with knowledge in toxicology. The workshop/tutorial sessions are designed to assist in the understanding of selected theoretical components of the course, and you are encouraged to develop your critical thinking and problem solving skills. Assessment activities are conducted throughout the semester so that you can review and evaluate your progress and ability to adequately understand the material presented.

You will undertake the equivalent of ten (10) hours per week for one semester, comprising teacher-guided activities in the lecture content and workshop/tutorial sessions, along with learner-directed independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include lecture notes, workshop/tutorial activities and handouts, and references on selected topics. The online course website (Canvas Learning Management System), 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

Assessment activities include workshop/tutorial reports in written and oral format, a seminar presentation and tests during the semester. Assessment will include both group and individual tasks.

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Written and oral workshop/tutorial reports

Weighting 50%

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

Assessment Task 2: Seminar presentation

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: In-semester tests

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3