Major/Minor/Specialisation !J07-MAJ+1010 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010


Dr Michael Julian Lew

Department of Pharmacology

Overview: Subjects in a pharmacology major introduce students to the unified study of the interaction between chemical agents and living matter. Pharmacology provides quantitative rigour and extends on a range of other biomedical disciplines. A pharmacology major will provide the springboard for students in entering careers in many areas of biomedical research and associated industries. Graduates will gain an in depth understanding of drug actions and a broad appreciation of the scientific process of knowledge acquisition and problem solving.
Objectives: By the end of this major a student should have:
  • knowledge of the actions of important drugs used clinically and in research;
  • understood how the actions of new drugs are characterised and how drugs can be used to investigate questions of biological processes and signaling;
  • an understanding of the process of drug discovery and development;
  • used modern molecular approaches to solving pharmacological problems, and obtained an appreciation of their application to specific biological problems;
  • applied laboratory techniques and analytical approaches in different areas of pharmacology including the analysis and interpretation of data derived from experiments;
  • gained experience in the written and oral presentation of scientific data and developed an appreciation of the scientific literature.
Structure & Available Subjects:

This major consists of:

  • 50 credit points at the third year level.
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Semester 1, Semester 2
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A third year subject in one of the following disciplines: Anatomy and Cell Biology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry*; Microbiology and Immunology; Neuroscience; Pathology, Physiology or Zoology.
*Please contact the Department of Pharmacology.

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Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedicine

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