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PP2150 - Introduction to Medical Pharmacology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & 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.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Professor Zoltan Sarnyai
Workload expectations:

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

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); (40%).

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.