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DPSY6105 - Psychopharmacology

SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Jillian Broadbear


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


The unit will cover the following topics.
Introduction to drug classifications; legal control of drug use; pharmacokinetics; variability in response to drugs; chemical transmission and receptors.
Mood disorders: antidepressants and mood stabilizers; anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives and hypnotics, drugs used for OCD, panic, and phobic disorders. Psychosis and schizophrenia; anti-psychotic drugs. Cognitive enhancers: ADHD, Alzheimer's disease, brain trauma.
Drugs of abuse: affects on brain and cognition.


Satisfactory attendance and participation are required to pass the subject. All other components of assessments must attain a pass standard at least. These components are described below.
Self Assessment Tests
Multiple choice/short answer exam
1500 word paper on a drug related topic