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PP3252 - Neuropharmacology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

The Neuropharmacology subject builds on the basic concepts of neurophysiology and neurotransmission to examine the role of neural communication in the regulation of various neuropsychiatric disorders. Your goal will be to investigate the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders and the ways in which these disorders are managed pharmacologically. The pharmacology of the peripheral and central nervous systems. It examines neural communication as a target for drug intervention, and how drugs may be used to relieve pain, produce anaesthesia, regulate autonomic function, as well as control the symptoms of various neuropsychiatric disorders. The subject also contains an introduction to behavioural pharmacology and the mechanisms of drug addiction.

Learning Outcomes

  • approaches to studying behavioural pharmacology and its implications to therapeutic drug development as well as the understanding of addictive and other behaviour patterns;
  • current knowledge of the neurochemical basis of neurological disease and its treatment, e.g. the use of neuroleptics in the treatment of schizophrenia;
  • normal neuronal function and the targets at which neuronal function may be modified by drugs;
  • the neurobiology of pain and current strategies and future developments in the control of pain;
  • current understanding of how genes and environment interact in the development of psychiatric disorders.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Written > Journal article - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (15%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Satisfactory performance in all aspects of the subject is required to pass. This is defined as at least 50% on ALL sections of the subject

Prerequisites: (BC2024 OR PP2150) AND PP2101 AND PP2201


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Coord/Lect: Professor Zoltan Sarnyai.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 36 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 24 hours workshops
  • 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.