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
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr John Haynes


To introduce students to current elements of pharmaceutical biology. Specifically this unit will introduce students to the development of stem cell research, cancer cell models and RNA interference as tools for research as non-traditional therapeutics.


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

  1. Applications of stem cell biology in drug discovery and therapeutics;
  2. Cell therapies;
  3. Use of data bases to identify novel therapeutic targets;
  4. Cancer therapeutics and the design of anti-cancer agents;
  5. RNA interference and gene therapy.


Final exam (2 hour): 60%; Mid-semester exam: 15%; Clear thinking and presentation exercises: 25%.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Contact hours for on-campus students:
Twenty four 1-hour lectures
Two 1- hour Tutorials
Three 2-hour practical laboratories
Directed independent study


PSC1081 Physiology I
PSC1082 Physiology II
PSC2062 Pharmacology
PSC2092 Molecular Cell Biology

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