Course Title: Pharmacology of Therapeutic Agents 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Pharmacology of Therapeutic Agents 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

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

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Course Description

This course examines the pharmacology of therapeutic agents relevant to chemotherapeutics, inflammation and infection and neurological and affective disorders. You will consider the human immune and inflammatory response as well as the neurological systems in both health and disease to underpin an understanding of the pharmacotherapy of common disorders. The course focuses on understanding 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 the therapeutic areas. 

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 (PLO 1).
  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO 2)
  • Communication and teamwork (PLO 3)

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH102 Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours):

  • Apply pharmaceutical, medication and health knowledge and skills to improve patient and population health (PLO 7)

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

  1. Discuss and describe therapeutic indications for antimicrobial agents, anticancer agents, and for drugs used in neuropharmacology and to treat pain & inflammation.
  2. Describe and discuss the mechanisms of action of the above drug classes.
  3. Describe and discuss expected adverse events for commonly used drugs in the above therapeutic areas, their mechanisms and resolution.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course includes lectures and interactive learning workshop sessions to provide students with a working knowledge of therapeutic pharmacology. Students are encouraged to develop their critical thinking and analysis skills.

You will undertake the equivalent of an average of 4 hours per week for one semester, comprising lecture and workshop sessions, along with online activities. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include lecture notes, workshop 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

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: Written essay

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Online quizzes

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: In-semester tests

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 4: End of semester exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3