|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Unit Convenor, Lecturer and Tutor
Marina Junqueira Santiago
Contact via email
Level 1, 75 Talavera Road
Consultation by appointmentLecturer and Tutor
Contact via emailTutor
Contact via emailTutor
Contact via email
30cp at 1000 level or above including (BMOL1001 or CBMS104 or CBMS107 or CHEM1001)
This unit will introduce the fundamental principles of drug action. You will study key concepts relating to drug disposition (pharmacokinetics) and how drugs act on the human body (pharmacodynamics). You will build your knowledge of chemical substances, from both outside and inside the body, and how they influence human health and disease. You will explore the mechanism of action and disposition of some commonly-used groups of drugs, as well as reasons for variability in individual drug responses. Learning activities will include interactive tutorials, online activities, and lectures.Topics covered in this unit will help you to integrate knowledge of molecular biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physiology with the science of drugs.
Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading are contained in Schedule 1 of the Macquarie University Assessment Policy, which is available at: https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/assessment.
Further details for each assessment task will be available on iLearn.
All final grades in the Bachelor of Clinical Science are determined by a grading committee and are not the sole responsibility of the Unit Convenor.
Students will be awarded a final grade plus a Standardised Numerical Grade (SNG). The SNG is not necessarily a summation of the individual assessment components. The final grade and SNG that are awarded reflect the corresponding grade descriptor in the Grading Policy.
To pass this unit, students must demonstrate sufficient evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes, meet any ungraded requirements including professionalism and achieve an SNG of 50 or better.
In the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, professionalism is a key capability embedded in all our courses. As part of developing professionalism, students are expected to attend all small group interactive sessions including tutorials, as well as clinical- and laboratory-based practical sessions.
Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of the 12 weeks. To be marked present all weekly listed activities must be completed to the best of student's abilities. Students that do not meet this requirement may be deemed unable to meet expectations regarding professionalism and may be referred for disciplinary action (which may include exclusion from assessments and unit failure).
Similarly, as part of developing professionalism, students are expected to submit all work by the due date. Applications for assessment task extensions must be supported by appropriate evidence and submitted via www.ask.mq.edu.au. For further details please refer to the Special Consideration Policy available at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration.
Late submissions will receive a 5% per day penalty including weekends and public holidays. If you submit the assessment task 10 days or more beyond the due date, without an approved extension, you will be awarded a maximum of 50% of the overall assessment marks. For example:
|Group Role Play||20%||No||Weeks 8 and 9|
|Final Exam||50%||No||Exam period|
A series of four short quizzes using a combination of questions to assess lecture and tutorial material.
Role-play activity that applies the knowledge acquired in lectures and tutorials.
Formal written exam using a combination of question types assessing content delivered across the session. This task is completed under examination conditions during the University examination period.
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
Lectures and Tutorials
Lectures will be offered on campus (live-streamed), and recordings available online. In the case of a COVID-19 outbreak, lectures will be pre-recorded and available online.
Most tutorials will be offered on campus. Online tutorials will be prioritised for students not able to attend campus, e.g., international students who are not in Australia.
Active participation in the learning activities throughout the unit will require students to have access to a tablet, laptop or similar device.
Unit readings are available via Leganto and the university library website.
The recommended textbook for this unit is:
Proposed schedule. Note that due to unforeseen events changes may happen.
|Week 1 - L1||MEDI2004 Introductory Lecture|
|Week 1 - L2||Introduction to Pharmacology (Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics)|
|Week 2 - L3 &L4||Drug absorption and distribution|
|Week 3 - L5||Drug elimination: metabolism and excretion|
|Week 3 - L6||Drug elimination: pharmacokinetics parameters|
|Week 4||Assessment task - AT1.1 (online at specified time - check timetable)|
|Week 4 - L7||Introduction to Pharmacodynamics|
|Week 4 - L8||Quantification of drug effect|
|Week 5 - L9||Drug targets - Receptors I|
|Week 5 - L10||Drug targets - Receptors II, Enzymes and Transporters|
|Week 6||Assessment task - AT1.2 (online at specified time - check timetable)|
|Week 6 - L11||Ion Channels and diseases|
|Week 6 - L12||Drug safety: Poisoning, adverse effects and drug interaction|
|Week 7 - L13||Pharmacology of small molecules vs biological drugs, and gene therapy|
|Week 7 - L14||Pharmacogenomics (Individual variation)|
|Week 8||Assessment task - AT1.3 (online at specified time - check timetable)|
|Week 8 - L15||Rational drug design, clinical trials and Placebo effect|
|Week 8 - L16||Native Plants and Traditional Aboriginal Medicines|
|Week 9||Assessment task - AT2 Group presentation|
|Week 9 - L17||Drug regulation in Australia: TGA, drug schedule and PBS|
|Week 10 - L18||Pharmacology of the Autonomic Nervous System|
|Week 10 - L19||Anti-inflammatory drugs - NSAIDs and corticosteroids|
|Week 11 - L20||Lipid-lowering drugs|
|Week 11 - L21||Antihypertensives|
|Week 12||Assessment task - AT1.4 (online at specified time - check timetable)|
|Week 12 - L22||Drugs and the respiratory system|
|Week 12 or 13 - L23||Clinical Pharmacology|
|Week 13||No tutorial|
|Exam period||Assessment task - AT3 Final exam|
Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://policies.mq.edu.au). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:
Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.
Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct
Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/
Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.
The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources.
Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.
For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au
If you are a Global MBA student contact email@example.com
For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/.
When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.