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 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sab Ventura


This unit builds on the previous physiology and pharmacology units and aims to describe the pathophysiology of the important disorders listed below. This unit will provide a solid grounding of knowledge as to how biological systems are affected by these diseases and how drugs can be used to modify these changes and rebalance a person's physiology. Logical approaches to designing experiments using different biological research methods to identify new therapeutic targets for these disorders will also be explored.

This will involve the study of:

  • hypertension
  • benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • diabetes
  • erectile dysfunction
  • asthma
  • heart disease


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

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of the six diseases states under study;
  2. Describe the physiological mechanisms which have been affected by these disorders;
  3. Explain how affected physiological mechanisms can be manipulated by currently used drugs;
  4. Design an experiment using various biological research methods to identify targets which may be therapeutically useful in the treatment of the disorders to be studied;
  5. Analyse data obtained from research to see whether a new drug is considerably more effective than an established one;
  6. Explain the different pharmacological targets which can be exploited to rebalance a patient's physiology in the treatment of disease;
  7. Demonstrate the development of written and oral communication skills appropriate for 3rd year students - explain the pathophysiology for one disease state and one associated drug treatment, relating the drug target to the disease state.


The BPH assessment is worth 10% of the final assessment. Other tutorial/workshop/practical or assessment tasks associated with each disease state are worth 5 x 5% of the final assessment. In lecture clicker questions are worth 5%. 2 hour final exam 60%; Each disease state will comprise 20 min of the final exam.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty four x 1-hour lectures
  • Six x 3-hour tutorials, workshops or practicals

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