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PP2150 - Introduction to Medical Pharmacology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

The general principles of drug action, focussing on the major targets for drug action, drug-receptor interactions, chemotherapy, drug design, pharmacognosy and drug screening, toxicology and measurements in pharmacology.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the approaches to the development of new pharmaceutical agents, including drug design, drug screening and natural product pharmacology;
  • understand how drug treatments may be aimed at specific targets, increasing the efficacy of treatment and reducing side effects;
  • describe how drugs are able to affect the functioning of living systems;
  • describe the principles of selective toxicity and the development of antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and cancer chemotherapy agents;
  • explore the rationale behind drug formulations and different routes of administration, the time course of drug action, drug metabolism and toxicology.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Critical appraisal/review - (40%) - Individual.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Professor Zoltan Sarnyai.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 24 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.