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BIO2213 Pharmacology

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Kate Kauter
Moderator: Lindsay Brown


Pre-requisite: BIO2203


The unifying theme of this course is the understanding of the actions of drugs used in the treatment of disease in humans.


This course provides the essential details for a basic understanding of how drugs get to their site of action, how drugs interact with receptors and the current treatment options for major disease states such as cardiovascular disease, neurological disease and endocrine disorders.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of selected drugs;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses and major adverse effects for drugs used in the treatment of cardiovascular, neurological and endocrine diseases.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to pharmacokinetics 8.00
2. Introduction to pharmacodynamics 8.00
3. Drugs used to treat cardiovascular disease 32.00
4. Drugs used to treat neurological disease 32.00
5. Drugs used to treat endocrine disease 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ 2007, Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology, 6th edn, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier.
  • Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G 2012, Pharmacology, 7th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 12.00
Lectures 30.00
Private Study 130.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 30 30 17 Jul 2012 (see note 1)
PTA OF 2HR CLOSED EXAM MC 60 35 End S2 (see note 2)
PTB OF 2HR CLOSED EXAM 60 35 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. 1. Examiner to advise the end of semester due date for Assignments.
  2. 2. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.
  3. 2. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities
    such as lectures and tutorials, scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. To maximize their chances of satisfying the objectives of the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in the laboratory sessions in the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each assignment. To complete the examination satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for the examination. To complete the practical component satisfactorily, students must submit all the nominated practical reports and obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each report submitted. Written practical reports must be submitted within two teaching weeks (normally 14 days) of completion of the experimental work.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing
    instruments into the examination

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner.

  2. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes, and safety
    glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

  3. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.