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HMM301 - Principles of Pharmacology

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Albert Mellick


SLE212 or HNN215



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour classes 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: Case study (1200 words) 30%

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

Assessment task 3: Examination (2 hours) 50%

Prescribed texts

Golan, D., Tashjian. A. H., Armstrong, E. J., Armstrong, A. 2011. Principles of Pharmacology: The
Pathophysiologic Basis of Drug Therapy
, 3rd edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, US.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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