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PP3150 - Chemical Pharmacology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical 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

  • current approaches to the development of new pharmaceutical agents, including drug design, drug screening and natural product pharmacology;
  • how drug treatments may be aimed at specific targets, increasing the efficacy of treatment and reducing side effects;
  • how drugs are able to affect the functioning of living systems;
  • the principles of selective toxicity and the development of antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and cancer chemotherapy agents;
  • the rationale behind drug formulations and different routes of administration, the time course of drug action, drug metabolism and toxicology.
Prerequisites: BC2024


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Professor Zoltan Sarnyai
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (70%); written laboratory assignments (30%).

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