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
OfferedParkville Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr John Haynes


Prior to 2013 unit was PSC2062 Pharmacology


The aim of this unit is to introduce second year Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science students to the essential elements of molecular pharmacology. Specifically this unit will introduce students to the pharmacological principles of drug action. It includes descriptions of agonist and antagonist activities, analysis of agonist-effect relationships and the intracellular processes by which endogenous and exogenously applied compounds elicit effects. Students will receive a series of lectures covering in-depth aspects of receptor pharmacology (signalling bias, bitopic inverse agonism, allosteric modulators, internalization).

These lectures will also cover in detail the pharmacology of the peripheral nervous systems and calcium-dependent transmitter systems and effectors. At its completion, students will have been provided the opportunity to understand and apply the basic tenets of pharmacology to their Pharmaceutical Sciences degree. This unit will equip students for third year Pharmaceutical Biology.


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

  1. Identify how pharmacologically active chemicals can affect living systems through interactions with receptors;
  2. Show how receptor activity can itself be modulated / modified / terminated by ligand binding;
  3. Describe how modulation of receptor function enables the autonomic nervous system to regulate specific bodily functions;
  4. Suggest possible cellular outcomes following multiple signalling inputs.


Final exam (2 hour) 60%
Mid semester test 15%
Completion of self directed learning topic 10%
Practical class component 15%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Contact hours for on-campus students:
Twenty four lectures
Six 5-hour pracs
Two 3- hour tutorials
Twelve hours of directed (active) learning


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