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VCP2042 - Pharmacology I B

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Victorian College of Pharmacy

Leader: Dr Karen Kerr , Dr Ian Coupar


Parkville Second semester 2007 (Day)


Pharmacology of neuroeffector systems. Autacoids. Drug-receptor interaction. Cardiovascular pathophysiology and pharmacology. The central nervous system. Practical classes provide experience through in vivo and in vitro experiments, seminars and discussion groups.


Students will develop an:

  1. An understanding of the roles of various autacoids and mechanisms of action and adverse effects of drugs used in the treatment of related pathophysiologies.
  2. An understanding of the structure, and function of the CNS and mechanisms of action and adverse effects of centrally acting drugs. used to treat related pathophysiologies.
  3. Ability in the area of observation and measurement of pharmacological processes; assessment and integration of pharmacological information as it relates to wanted and unwanted effects produced by drugs.
  4. Appreciation of integrated physiological functions, pathophysiological sequelae and pharmacological perturbations as they affect bodily functions; the differing pharmacological approaches available for the treatment of individual diseases; the pharmacist's role in optimising drug therapy.
  5. An ability to communicate their understanding of subject matter and information based on observations noted during practical classes.


Examination (2 hours) 80 %
On-going assessments 10 %
Practical work 10 %

Contact hours

24 hours of lectures, 4 practical classes and 2 tutorials


All 1st year Bachelor of Pharmacy units