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PHAL305 Molecular and Immunopharmacology

The action of existing and potential drugs on molecular and immune systems. New targets for drug action generated by new movements in science.

If you are interested in drug design from a cell-signalling and molecular perspective, then this paper will be of interest to you.

Paper title Molecular and Immunopharmacology
Paper code PHAL305
Subject Pharmacology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,914.00

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(BIOC 192 or BIOC 111) and (CHEM 191 or CHEM 112) and two of CELS 191, HUBS 191, HUBS 192, BIOL 111, BIOL 115 and 18 further 200-level PHAL, ANAT, BIOC, GENE, MICR or PHSL points
Schedule C
Dr Lyn Wise,
Teaching staff
Dr Sarah Baird

Guest lectures from
Dr Zabeen Lateef
Dr Georgina Dowd (Plant & Food, Nelson)
Paper Structure
  • Research proposal - 10%
  • Presentation - 5%
  • Research report - 20%
  • Final exam - 65%
Students should concentrate on the lecture notes.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate awareness of current approaches to drug discovery
  • Describe methods used for drug discovery and development
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic cellular and molecular processes in healing, cancer, infection and autoimmune disease
  • Critically analyse these pathways for their potential as drug targets
  • Interpret information and data from historical and scientific literature
  • Design, execute, analyse and present original laboratory-based scientific research
  • Communicate knowledge and findings using verbal, written and visual means

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-16, 18-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 18-21


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 18, 20
A2 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9, 11, 13, 15, 19