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PHA3801

Faculty of Science

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Science

Organisational Unit

School of Science, Malaysia

Coordinator(s)

Dr. New Jaa Yien

Offered

Malaysia

  • First semester 2016 (Day)

Synopsis

The main theme is an introduction to drug use in our society. The following topics will be covered:

  1. how drugs act at a cellular level, how they target specific body systems and how the body handles drugs (pharmacokinetics)
  2. Sources of drugs - prescription vs over the counter vs herbal remedies and information available to the public about drugs. Rationale for choice of drugs for common diseases
  3. Drug development from the laboratory to the consumer. Factors influencing the development of new drugs (e.g. economics and logistics).

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe how drugs work, when and how they are used, their side-effects and toxicity;

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the risk-benefit aspects of drug use;

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the sources of drugs and rationales for their use;

  1. Demonstrate appreciation of ethical issues encompassing drug research and clinical trials;

  1. Carry out tissue bath experiments to elicit drug effects.

Assessment

Practical work: 20%
Semester test: 10%
Presentation and essay: 20%
Exam (3 hours): 50%

Workload requirements

Three hours of lectures, one hour of tutorials and three hours of practicals per week (includes wet practicals, dry practicals and CAL-Computer Aided Learning).

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

6 points of level two PHY

Prohibitions