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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

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

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Betty Exintaris


The overall aim of this unit is to continue to build upon the knowledge of physiological systems and disease states from Pharmacology I and II. The therapeutic basis for the drugs used to treat specific disorders is discussed. At the successful completion of this unit, students should be able to describe the pathophysiology and treatment of endocrine disorders (including diabetes), gastrointestinal disorders and cancer chemotherapy.

This will involve:

  • GI pharmacology
  • Endocrinology
  • Cancer


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

  1. Discuss the pathophysiology of various gastro-intestinal and endocrine disorders.
  2. Provide a detailed explanation of the rationale for the use of various pharmacotherapies for the treatment of gastro-intestinal and endocrine disorders, relating the drug target to the disease state.
  3. Discuss the pathophysiology of cancer, and available therapies for the treatment of this condition.


debate: 15%; written assignment: 10%; final exam (2 hours): 75%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Betty Exintaris

Contact hours

28 hours of formal study for semester 1 (24 lectures, 1 hour tutorial, 3 hours debate session)


VCP3041 Pharmacology IIA
VCP3042 Pharmacology IIB

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: