HMM301 - Principles of Pharmacology

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Craig Smith


SLE212 or HNN215



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week and 1 x 1 hour (equivalent) online class per week and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week


This unit provides an introduction to pharmacology at the cellular and molecular level. Topics include drug structure, mode of action, drug-receptor interactions, effects on cell signalling and function, drug absorption and metabolism, pharmacokinetics, toxicity, and gene-drug interactions. This unit will provide a foundation for subsequent studies in therapeutic development and advanced topics in medical biotechnology.


Assessment task 1: Weekly seminar questionnaire (10 classes x 1%) 10% total

Assessment task 2: Mid-trimester test (45 minutes) 20%

Assessment task 3: Written assignment (1200 words) 20%

Assessment task 4: Examination (2 hours) 50%

Prescribed texts

Katzung BG, Trevor AJ, 2015, Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 13th Edition

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