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PHAL307 Current Topic

Research methods and advanced topics in Pharmacology. Suitable for students intending to pursue further study towards an honours or master’s degree.

Paper title Current Topic
Paper code PHAL307
Subject Pharmacology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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(PHAL 211 and PHAL 221 passed with an average grade of B+) or (PHAL 211 and PHAL 212 passed with an average grade of B+)
Schedule C
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisites may be admitted with approval from the Head of Department.
Due to the challenging nature of this paper, the grade average is set at B+ (75-79%) for the 200-level Pharmacology papers.

Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Lyn Wise (

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Lyn Wise
Associate Professor John Ashton
Dr Sarah Baird
Professor Debbie Hay
Dr. Greg Giles
Professor Michelle Glass
Professor Rhonda Rosengren
Associate Professor Ivan Sammut
Professor Paul Smith

Paper Structure

Tutorial Modules:

  • PHAL307 consists of 9 modules of which you must attend 1 compulsory and at least 5 optional modules.
  • Topics could include:
    • Mātauranga Māori or Rongōa Māori
    • Cytochemistry, cytotoxicity, drug metabolism or electrophysiology methods
    • Models of GPCR signalling, cancer, cardiovascular or skin disease
    • Molecular neuropharmacology
  • You are also expected to attend Departmental Journal clubs and Seminars.


  • This paper is 100% internally assessed.
  • You must complete 2 compulsory assignments which include:
    • Journal club / Seminar mini analyses (15%)
    • Research proposal (10%)
  • You must also complete at least 5 optional assignments which could include:
    • Data analysis worksheet, lab report, experimental design, graphical abstract, research paper or poster presentation, essay (15% each)

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

PHAL307 will give insight into research and provide the necessary skills required to conduct postgraduate research. This is a self-directed paper in which you will gain valuable skills in important aspects of science:

  • Collaborative research
  • Experimental design
  • Laboratory and analytical techniques
  • Verbal, written and visual communication

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 13
Friday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
B1 Wednesday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41