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CODE CPH3601

 
TITLE Introduction to Pharmacology for Chemistry Students

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 2

 
DEPARTMENT Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will provide a sound understanding of the principles underlying the therapeutic action of drugs for chemistry students. It will give these students a general introduction to drug therapy and explain the chemical principles underlying the action and determinants of the time course of the drug in the body, and how chemistry can be used to assist in drug development and thus enhancing drug therapy. It will also provide the students with an understanding of the chemical basis of different drug delivery systems, and the pharmacological principles underlying drug therapy

Study unit aims:

This study-unit will:
- provide a sound understanding of the principles underlying the therapeutic action of drugs for chemistry students.
- give these students a general introduction to how the chemical properties of drugs affect their pharmacokinetics.
- show students how to apply chemical principles in order to provide rational drug therapy.
- provide the students with a chemical basis of different drug delivery systems.
- explain the chemical aspects of principles underlying drug therapy and clinical pharmacology of specific populations.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding

By the end of this study-unit, the student will be able to:
- Understand the chemical aspects of drug formulations and routes of administration.
- Understand the chemical mechanisms in the modes of action of drugs.
- Apply chemical principles in the development of new drugs.
- Predict the pharmacokinetic and bioavailability properties of drugs through their chemical structures.
- Apply pharmacogenetic principles.
- Understand adverse drug reactions, drug allergies, and drug Interactions.
- Use chemical principles in the treatment of poisoning and -pharmacotoxicology.

2. Skills

By the end of this study-unit, the student will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of chemistry to the mode of action of drugs.
- Apply chemical principles in development of new drug molecules.
- Understand variability in drug action in individual patients.
- Predict inter-patient variability with respect to drug response in drugs with different chemical structures.
- Explain the selection of differing drug therapies in individual patients.

Main texts:

Recommended

- Humphrey P. Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower R. Rang & Dale's Pharmacology. Churchill Livingstone. 6th Ed.
- British National Formulary. Pharmaceutical Press.

Lecture notes

- Reid JL, Rubin PC, Walters MW. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Lecture Notes). Blackwell. 7th Ed.

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Students from all University courses which satisfy the following conditions:

(a) the course does not already include Pharmacology as an integral component,
(b) the course includes human biology-related and chemistry study areas which the student has already followed.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 15%
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 85%

 
LECTURER/S Maria A. Cordina
Roger Ellul Micallef
Claude A. Farrugia
Anthony Fenech (Co-ord.)
Janet Mifsud
Patricia Vella Bonanno
Mark Zammit

 
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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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