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PHAL304 Human Pharmacology

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,159.70

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(PHAL 211 and PHAL 221) or (PHAL 211 and PHAL 212)
Schedule C

Dr Sarah Baird (

Teaching staff

Dr John Ashton
Dr Sarah Baird
Dr Greg Giles
Associate Professor Ivan Sammut
Professor Paul Smith
Dr Lyn Wise

Paper Structure


  • Evidence-based medicine assignment: 20%
  • Laboratories: 20% in total
    • 10% lab report
    • 10% scientific debate
  • Final exam: 60%
Students should concentrate on lecture notes.
Course outline

Lecture topics: Evidence-based medicine, cardiovascular medicine, cancer medicine, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, respiratory, diabetes and endocrine dieases.

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
A1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 28-29
AND one stream from
B1 Monday 14:00-17:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39
B2 Monday 14:00-17:50 31, 33, 36, 38, 40