School Of Science

Toxic SubstancesWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 301138.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 7

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Chris Lennard

301135 General Toxicology

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in 3741 Master of Forensic Science, 3742 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science or 3743 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science.

Teaching Periods

PeriodOffered  Campus  Contact
2021 Uni of Florida Term 2  Yes  Online - ONLINE  Chris Lennard  Timetable not available   Print Unit Outline*
2022 Uni of Florida Term 1  Yes  Online - ONLINE  Chris Lennard  Timetable not available  
2022 Uni of Florida Term 2  Yes  Online - ONLINE  Chris Lennard  Timetable not available  

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About this Unit
This unit, which is primarily book-based, will comprehensively provide the student with the fundamental concepts of toxicology as they relate to specific organ and tissue systems. We aim to supplement this information with online study guides, detailed module objectives and critical thinking exercises using online journal articles. The objective of this unit is to familiarize students with many of the most important toxic substances, their toxic effects, and ways to treat poisoned patients. Several example toxicants are presented and discussed in detail.. There are literally tens of thousands of chemicals in commerce, and nature offers even greater numbers of chemicals to which individuals are exposed. According to the basic tenets of toxicology, any of these substances in sufficient doses is toxic, although some clearly are of greater health concern than others. The objective of this unit is to provide the student with information on the toxic properties of selected chemicals to illustrate principles regarding mechanisms of toxicity, the array of signs and symptoms associated with intoxication, approaches to clinical assessment of poisoning, and methods of treatment. Examples have been selected from several chemical classes and include agents that may be encountered occupationally, environmentally, in medicine, or in the context of substance abuse. This unit is taught by the University of Florida as part of a collaborative venture between the University of Florida and Western Sydney University. Note: Further information on this unit is available from the University of Florida.

3741.1Master of Forensic ScienceCONTINUING
3741.2Master of Forensic ScienceCURRENT
3742.1Graduate Diploma in Forensic ScienceCONTINUING
3742.2Graduate Diploma in Forensic ScienceCURRENT
3743.1Graduate Certificate in Forensic ScienceCONTINUING
3743.2Graduate Certificate in Forensic ScienceCURRENT

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