Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedSunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Parkville First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sab Ventura (Parkville); Dr Tang Kim San (Sunway)


  1. This unit will provide a foundation of fundamental aspects of cell biology, cell physiology and ways that cells communicate with each other in the human body.

  1. This unit will relate the pathophysiology of various diseases and disorders with the use of specific drug classes.

This will involve:

  • introduction to Cell Biology
  • cell biology & signalling
  • stem cells and development
  • cell pathophysiology (cancer)
  • pharmacology
  • autocoids
  • inflammatory responses
  • endocrinology.


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between the basic molecular-genetic mechanisms by which cells are regulated in a multicellular organism;
  2. Appreciate the fundamental approaches and methods used to study cells;
  3. Describe the special properties inherent to stem cells or specialized cells;
  4. Understand the ways in which cell control is disrupted in diseases such as cancer;
  5. Diagnose a disorder by examination of signs and symptoms;
  6. Relate modifications of physiological and molecular mechanisms to the observed disorder and describe the role of receptor activation and intracellular signalling in normal and abnormal cellular function.


Final exam (2 hour): 70%; On-going assessments: 20%; Practical/tutorial work:10%.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Contact hours for on-campus students:
Thirty six 1-hour lectures
One 1-hour tutorial
One 3-hour tutorial
One 3-hour practical class
Two 3-hour computer aided learning class



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