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PHTY252 Pharmacology (for BPhty)

Diagnosis and principles of management of medical and surgical conditions relevant to physiotherapy. Drug action and administration. Drugs used to treat common medical conditions, particularly those managed by physiotherapists.

Paper title Pharmacology (for BPhty)
Paper code PHTY252
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.0950
Points 12 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $657.69
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,606.20

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PHAL 211, PHAL 212
Limited to
Associate Professor Steve Kerr
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Steve Kerr
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures are held in Gowland. Workshops are held in the Pharmacology Laboratory (Rm 304) and/or Seminar Room (Rm 308), 3rd Floor, Adams Building.
Medical Pharmacology at a Glance. Neal, M.J. Blackwell, 7th Edition, 2012

This is a slim text that captures succinctly the key points of each drug class. There is a large diagram for each drug class, showing where and how the drugs act to exert their effects.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To provide an outline of the pharmacology of medications that are the most likely to be met in physiotherapy
  • To ensure students establish a strong understanding of facts and concepts in the discipline of pharmacology
  • To develop a sense of interconnectedness between pharmacology and different fields of knowledge in the health and biomedical sciences
  • To ensure students understand the relevance of this knowledge when they proceed to the third year of their BPhty programme
Specific objectives relating to different parts of the paper are included in the specific sections of the course manual.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
B1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
B1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40
B2 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41