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PCOL2022: Clinical Applications of Pharmacology

2024 unit information

We all know someone who is being treated with medicines for a major medical condition. So how do drugs work to treat or prevent medical conditions now and in the future? In this unit of study, you will examine these questions relating to six of the main medical challenges affecting the human body and discuss where improvements in treatment are needed. You will explore a range of pharmacotherapeutic options currently available and in development. You will have the opportunity to research and apply your knowledge and understanding to unresolved health-related problems through laboratory- and problem-based tutorials. By undertaking this unit you will develop your disciplinary expertise in pharmacology and further your skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, digital literacy, teamwork and interdisciplinary effectiveness. This unit of study is highly recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in medicine and allied health professions (e.g. nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, dentistry) and medical research pathways.

Unit details and rules

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Code PCOL2022
Academic unit Pharmacy
Credit points 6
[(BIOL1XX7 or MBLG1XX1) or (MEDS1X01 or BIOL1XX8 or BIOL1XX3)] and (CHEM1XX1 or CHEM1903)
PCOL2555 or PCOL2012 or PCOL2922
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the physiological and pathophysiological processes involved in a range of significant diseases and disorders in society
  • LO2. explain the mechanisms of action, effectiveness and safety of many classes of medicinal drugs used to treat: cardiovascular, respiratory, infection, gastrointestinal diseases, and endocrine disorders (diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS))
  • LO3. explore the ethical questions and unresolved issues in pharmacotherapeutic approaches to a range of significant diseases and disorders
  • LO4. evaluate the strength of evidence for claims around pharmacotherapies for a range of significant diseases and disorders
  • LO5. understand the complexity of drug interactions and adverse effect such as that explored with the 3 different workshop cases/triggers
  • LO6. integrate pharmacological knowledge with knowledge in other disciplinary areas of biomedical sciences
  • LO7. describe the essential components of experimental design and be able to analyse, interpret and critique data arising from laboratory experiments
  • LO8. use a variety of sources of information and technologies for research purposes and critically evaluate the information for reliability and relevance
  • LO9. communicate effectively via written articles, informal discussion and oral presentations
  • LO10. work collaboratively and effectively with peers in group learning activities and assessments
  • LO11. demonstrate capacity for reflection on matters related to learning, personal and social responsibility, professional integrity and the value of pharmacology in society

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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