SLE312 - Toxicology

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
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EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Trevor Thornton


One level 2 chemistry or biology unit must have been completed (one of SLE212, SLE222, SLE211, SLE221, SLE234) or (one of SLE210, SLE213, SLE214, SLE233, SLE235).  Biology - particularly physiology and biochemistry, would be an advantage.



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Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit introduces students to the basics of toxicology by explaining how toxic substances are absorbed and interact with biochemical systems and how this leads to clinical effects. The unit is taught with the aid of numerous case studies of actual poisoning in a variety of settings.

Topics addressed include basic toxicology; absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of toxins; chemical interactions in biological systems; biochemical interactions in toxicology; mechanisms of toxicity; and target organs, poisons and venoms, toxic chemicals in the environment.


Two online quizzes (10% each) 20%, report 40%, examination 40%

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