Drugs in Biomedical Experiments

Subject PHRM30009 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One x 3 hour practical per week plus two x 1 hour workshops per week (total contact hours: 60)
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


BSc students:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013

a second year subject in one of the following disciplines: Anatomy and Cell Biology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Microbiology and Immunology; Neuroscience; Pathology; Physiology; or Zoology.

BBiomed students:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Students wishing to undertake this subject as breadth will need the approval of the subject co-ordinator.



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Not applicable

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Academic Coordinators

Dr Michael Lew (Semester 1)


Dr Jane Bourke (Semester 2)


Administrative Coordinator

Ms Hong Nguyen


Subject Overview:

This subject is appropriate for all students interested in biomedical research. Students will learn how to design and perform experiments to investigate biological systems. Students will gain experience in a wide range of molecular and cellular approaches and in analytical techniques used in drug discovery.

  • Students will be exposed to the experimental basis of scientific enquiry and will develop practical skills relevant to contemporary biomedical research.
  • Emphasis will be placed on the role of quantitative pharmacological analysis in the characterisation of biological systems, and on the design and implementation of experiments.
  • Continuing assessment of practicals during the semester (40%);
  • Mid-semester assessment (20%);
  • A 2-hour written examination in the examination period (40%).

This is a laboratory-based subject, so attendance and participation in 80% of the practicals is a hurdle requirement.

Prescribed Texts:

Course Manual (Provided)

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

By the end of this subject students should have developed skills in:

• data analysis and interpretation;
• critical thinking and problem solving;
• scientific communication;
• small group work.

and should have gained an` appreciation of:

• ethical considerations in biomedical research;
• hypothesis formulation and testing.


This subject is available to students enrolled in pre 2008 BSc, New Generation BSc, Biomedicine degree.

Required equipment – lab coat

Experiments involving the use of animals and animal tissues are an essential part of this subject; exemption is not possible.

Related Course(s): Master of Biotechnology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Biomedical Biotechnology (specialisation of Biotechnology major)
Medicinal Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry
Medicinal Chemistry (specialisation of Chemistry major)
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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