Skip to content | Change text size

PHA3801 - Principles of pharmacology

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science


Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)


The main theme is an introduction to drug use in our society. The following topics will be covered:

  1. how drugs act at a cellular level, how they target specific body systems and how the body handles drugs (pharmacokinetics).
  2. Sources of drugs - prescription vs over the counter vs herbal remedies and information available to the public about drugs. Rationale for choice of drugs for common diseases.
  3. Drug development from the laboratory to the consumer. Factors influencing the development of new drugs (e.g. economics and logistics).


Practical work: 20%
Semester test: 10%
Presentation and essay: 20%
Exam (3 hour): 50%

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures, one hour of tutorial, 3 hours of practicals per week (includes wet practicals, dry practicals and CAL-Computer Aided Learning).


PHY2021 and PHY2032