Course Title: Therapeutic Pharmacology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Therapeutic Pharmacology

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,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Prof Emilio Badoer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7081

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.022

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed following course/s before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

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)

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

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

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

The Pharmaceutical Sciences Subject Guide ( also provides useful references.

Overview of Assessment

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 Written Assessments
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 4: Online Written Test
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.