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PHAL304 Human Pharmacology

The application of pharmacological knowledge and principles in the development and assessment of new drugs and the treatment of disease.

Paper title Human Pharmacology
Paper code PHAL304
Subject Pharmacology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,680.00

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PHAL 211 and PHAL 212
Schedule C
Paper Structure
  • Evidence-based medicine assignment - 15%
  • Practicals - 25% in total
    • Full lab report for both atria and diuretics labs (16% in total)
    • Mini lab report for aortic ring, oxytocin, and antihistamine labs (9% in total)
  • Final exam - 60%
Teaching staff
Dr John Ashton
Dr Sarah Baird
Associate Professor Steve Kerr
Associate Professor Ivan Sammut
Professor Paul Smith
Dr Lyn Wise
Students should concentrate on lecture notes.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To give an introduction to some of the most commonly used drugs in humans
  • To show how these drugs work and what their side effects are
  • To gain practical experience in the use of some of these drugs

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-17:50 28-30, 32, 34, 37, 39
P2 Monday 14:00-17:50 28-29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40