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PSC2011

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Helen Irving

Synopsis

This unit aims to introduce students to essential elements of biochemical pharmacology. Participants in this unit will learn how membranes and proteins are involved in relaying extracellular signals from outside the cell to within the cell where specific outcomes are generated to activate cellular responses. The topics covered include membrane and protein biochemistry focusing on their roles in signal transduction, receptor families and different types of signalling pathways employed to relay extracellular information within the cell. The subject provides an essential foundation for understanding biochemical pharmacology and its use in biological research and the pharmaceutical industry.

Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of how the structure of lipids and proteins influence their function particularly in relation to membranes and receptors, transporters, ion channels and enzymes;
  2. Analyse experimental results involving enzymes and receptor activation;
  3. Explain the processes of intracellular signaling pathways activated by receptor ligands;
  4. Compare and contrast different signaling pathways used by cells to respond to external signals;
  5. Design experiments to test the activation of specific signaling pathways;
  6. Analyse experiments and experimental techniques that are used in the study of biochemical pharmacology.

Assessment

Final exam (2 hour) 65%; practicals/workshops 10%; mid-semester test 10%; on-line quizzes 5% and assignment(s) 10%.

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Contact hours

Contact hours for on-campus students:
Twenty four 1-hour lectures
Four 1-hour tutorials
Four 4-hour workshops
Four 4-hour practicals
Twelve hours directed (active) learning

Prerequisites

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