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PharmacologyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300884.3


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Introductory biochemistry and general anatomy and physiology of the major body systems such as central and peripheral nervous systems, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, and urinary systems.

Equivalent Units
300505 - Pharmacology

Incompatible Units
400981 - Clinical Pharmacology, 400135 - Clinical Pharmacology and Microbiology

300818 Introduction to Physiology OR 700098 Introduction to Physiology (WSTC) OR 301254 Concepts in Human Physiology

About this Unit
Pharmacology is the study of the therapeutic interactions of drugs with the human body, focusing on mechanisms of action at the biochemical and cellular level, on adverse reactions and on clinical applications. This unit provides students with a sound understanding of fundamental aspects of this field to prepare for further study of advanced pharmacology or other biomedical sciences. General principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, will be discussed in detail. The major drug categories that affect different organ systems will be addressed, and research methods in pharmacology and the drug development process will also be introduced.

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