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PHAL423 Neuropharmacology

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An advanced look at the mechanisms of action, use and abuse of drugs affecting the nervous system. The paper is taught in a "journal club" format in which topics are chosen by the students in the class, and journal articles are selected and presented in a PowerPoint format for discussion by the class.

Paper title Neuropharmacology
Paper code PHAL423
Subject Pharmacology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,673.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,508.13

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Prerequisites: PHAL 211 and PHAL 303 are highly recommended


Teaching staff

Professor Paul Smith
Professor Michelle Glass
Professor Debbie Hay
Dr Lyn Wise


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

The curriculum varies slightly from year to year depending on the students' interest, but generallyinvolves in-depth readings into molecular neuropharmcology, neurodegenerative diseases, migraine, neuroinflammation and diseases of the vestibular system.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 9-13, 15-21
B1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 28-30, 32