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Poisons and toxins (6 points)


Leader: Dr Wayne Hodgson and Dr Elizabeth Davis

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: Introduction and history of toxicology. Clinical and forensic toxicology. Basis of selective toxicity and mechanisms underlying the development of resistance. Mechanisms of action and exposure to chemical agents as a cause of acute and chronic illness. Occupational exposure to chemicals. Public health aspects, and the regulation, of chemicals in the environment and foods. Development of standards and regulations. Chemical warfare. The mechanism of action of animal venoms and plant toxins.

Assessment: Written tests: 60% + Presentation and written assignment: 25% + Practical exercises: 15%

Contact Hours: Four 1-hour lectures and three hours of laboratory or self-directed learning/ tutorial per week in weeks 7-12

Prerequisites: PHA3011 and PHA3021

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