Course Title: Applied Pharmacology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Pharmacology

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Luke Williams

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7402

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 201 Floor 01 Room 005

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

Applied Pharmacology provides further exploration of the principle concepts in pharmacology. This course aims to present current aspects of applied pharmacology and relies on the theoretical basis provided by the ONPS2032 Principles of Pharmacology. The content of this course will comprise a series of lectures and workshops/tutorials.

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 the research process 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 (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 Chem Eng/Pharm Sci double degree (BH095):
  • Exhibiting depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO 1)
  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO 2)
  • Written communication (PLO 3)

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.
  3. Effectively communicate your knowledge of pharmacology
  4. Interpret information presented in peer-reviewed international literature, including an appreciation of the methods and how they relate to pharmacological research
  5. Apply the scientific method to analyse and interpret pharmacological data in experimental protocols and present those results in the form of a rigorous scientific report.

Overview of Learning Activities

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

Workshops/Tutorials – These classes will assist you to apply your knowledge and develop skills in data analysis and report writing.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include lecture notes, workshop activities and handouts, and references on selected topics. The online course site (Learning Management System) provides access to 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

Assessment Task 2: Written and oral assignments
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, & 4

Assessment Task 3: Scientific reports
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5