Pharmacology and Toxicology

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Course Code: 
BCH 3205
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 3
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

This third year course introduces students to the core principles of pharmacology and toxicology.  Pharmacokinetics is discussed with emphasis on the ways in which pH affects the pharmacokinetics of a drug.  Students are introduced to the major classes of drugs and the modes of action.  Toxicology is discussed with emphasis on the biochemical aspects:  biotransformation of drugs and the biochemical basis of toxicity.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of the course students should be able to: 

  1. Describe the pharmacokinetics of a drug and the factors that influence it.
  2. State the properties of a receptor
  3. Give the criteria used to define a neurotransmitter
  4. Describe the major neurotransmitters of the peripheral nervous system
  5. Define “agonists” and “antagonists” and give examples from the human nervous system
  6. Describe, with examples, neuropeptides
  7. Describe, with examples, the mode of action of antibiotics
  8. Describe, with examples, the mode of action of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  9. Define toxicology
  10. Describe the nature of toxic effects with emphasis on the biochemical basis of toxicity

Outline dose-response relationships

Pharmacology and Toxicology
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