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VCP3041 - Pharmacology II A

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Victorian College of Pharmacy

Leader: Dr Sabatino Ventura, Dr David Taylor


Parkville First semester 2007 (Day)


Central Nervous System pharmacology. Non narcotic analgesics. Treatment of headache, sleep disorders, general anaesthesia, anxiety, appetite disorders, depression, epilepsy, psychoses, motor disorders, dementia.

Practical classes using in vivo and in vitro experiments, seminars and discussion groups.


At the completion of this unit the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the symptoms of the different central nervous system disorders
  2. Explain the rationale for prescribing the drugs used in the therapeutic treatment of these disorders
  3. Predict adverse effects of the therapeutic drugs used to treat central nervous system disorders based on their mechanism of action
  4. Describe the symptoms and treatments of disorders of the eye, nose throat and ears


End of semester exam: 80% (2 hours). The exam will be in the form of 60 minutes of multiple choice questions and 6 questions requiring approximately 10 minutes of work each. All questions will be aligned to the specific objectives given before each lecture.

15% of the assessment will be in the form of a practical review. The remaining 5% of the assessment will be for practical class participation (assessed via practical class quizzes).

Contact hours

26 x 1 hour lectures and 4 x 3 hour practical classes Successful completion of this unit will require participants to allocate an average of 6 hours per week for 13 weeks (a total of 78 hours per study period).


All 2nd year Bachelor of Pharmacy units.