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PHAL306 Human Toxicology

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

The causes and sources of chemical toxicity and the detection and management of human toxicity.

The aim is to introduce students to the diverse discipline of toxicology. Principles and concepts are taught by focusing on the mechanisms responsible for the toxic effects of a wide variety of chemicals and environmental pollutants. Laboratory sessions will focus on the mechanism of the interaction between curcumin and paracetamol.

Paper title Human Toxicology
Paper code PHAL306
Subject Pharmacology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,159.70

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PHAL 211 or (PHAL 211 and PHAL 212)
Recommended Preparation
PHAL 221
Schedule C
The recommended preparation may be waived if PHAL212 has been passed.
Teaching staff
Dr Sarah Baird
Dr Belinda Cridge
Dr Greg Giles
Professor Rhonda Rosengren
Paper Structure


  • Library skills assignment - 3%
  • Lab skills test - 2%
  • Laboratory presentation (pairs) - 10%
  • Final manuscript (pairs) - 22%
  • Enzyme fact sheet - 5%
  • Final exam - 58%
Students should concentrate on lecture notes.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To gain an understanding of key concepts in toxicology
  • To understand the mechanisms of action and risks involved with a number of toxicants
  • To develop scientific writing and research skills
  • To further develop laboratory techniques
  • To develop critical thinking in toxicology
  • To use critical thinking and the students' own research to examine and draw conclusions about a mechanism of hepatotoxicity

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 14-15, 17-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 18-22
Friday 14:00-14:50 14, 17


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-17:50 9-12, 18-19