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PHAL303 Neuropharmacology

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Mechanisms of action, uses and abuse of drugs affecting the nervous system.

Paper title Neuropharmacology
Paper code PHAL303
Subject Pharmacology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,314.50

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PHAL 211
Schedule C
Teaching staff

Professor Paul Smith

Professor Michelle Glass

Professor Debbie Hay

Paper Structure

Lecture topics

  • Drug targets, specifically the receptors of the central nervous system.
  • Drug treatment in neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and stroke.


  • Lab reports (20%)
  • Tests (20%)
  • Final exam (60%)
Lectures notes.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To understand the physiological and pathological role of neurotransmitter receptors
  • To understand drug treatment of neurological disease
  • To develop critical thinking
  • To develop skills in science communications

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29
AND one stream from
B1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 32, 34, 37, 39
B2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 31, 33, 36, 38