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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Prof O Drummer


Teaching in this unit aims to develop students' familiarity with the concepts of clinical and post-mortem toxicology. The unit also focuses on the basic pharmacokinetic and pharmacological properties of commonly abused drugs found in forensic medical cases. Emphasis will be on behavioural issues of these drugs and how they relate to forensic practice. Such issues include the effects on cognitive and psychomotor skills in drivers and in the workplace and other adverse reactions attributed to drug misuse.


On completion of this unit the student will be expected to:

  1. demonstrate a familiarity of the technical terms associated with analytical applications offerings toxicology;
  2. demonstrate a broad understanding of the range of techniques used in forensic toxicology;
  3. comprehend the principles and procedures chain-of-custody;
  4. demonstrate an awareness of the type of drugs used in various forensic medical cases;
  5. comprehend the main pharmacological effects of alcohol, amphetamines, cocaine, benzodiazepines, cannabis and common hallucinogens with the emphasis on their effects on behaviours, psychomotor control and cognition;
  6. describe and recognise the relevant behavioural effects of common illicit drug combinations and common adverse illicit drug reactions; and
  7. apply this knowledge to forensic cases for the purpose of preparation and presentation to courts.


Assignments/Essays (20%)
Case Studies (40%)
Casebook Workbook (20%)
Skills Evaluation (20%)

Chief examiner(s)

Prof Olaf Drummer