36 x 50-minute lectures per semester
1 x 8.5-hour independent study weekly
10 x 60-minute on-line exercises per semester
1 of MMED3934, MMED3914
Enrolment not permitted
MMED3940 has been successfully completed
Examiantion (50%) Assignments; Oral; Tests
Topic description
This topic addresses the use of drugs in the treatment of human disease and illness. A systematic approach to drug therapy will used to provide a framework to gain an in-depth knowledge of how a drug's pharmacokinetic characteristics and mechanisms of action at the molecular level relate to its pharmacological effects in humans. Lectures and online exercises on the major drug classes will be followed by case studies that facilitate the application of principles and the examination of the impact of factors that affect drug use.
Educational aims
To provide students with an understanding of how drugs are used to treat human disease and illness and the factors that affect their use.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of the topic students should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the drugs used to treat specific pathophysiological disorders in humans

  • apply pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles to the use of individual drug classes in the treatment of specific disorders in humans

  • explain the factors (genetic, disease-related, environmental etc.) that affect the use of drugs

  • demonstrate knowledge of how to acquire accurate (peer reviewed) information on medicines approved for use by the Therapeutic Drugs Administration (TGA).