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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Human Toxicology
    Subject Pharmacology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PHAL 211
    Recommended Preparation
    PHAL 221 or PHAL 212
    Schedule C
    PHAL212 is no longer offered. Students who passed PHAL211 in 2019 or earlier, but who haven’t passed PHAL212, should email to discuss their preparedness for PHAL306.

    Teaching staff

    Dr Greg Giles
    Dr Jonathan Falconer
    Dr Sarah Baird

    Paper Structure


    • 3-Minutes Video (10%)
    • Manuscript (pairs) (20%)
    • Lab skills (3%)
    • Lab summaries (pairs) (10%, consisting 2 x 5%)
    • Final Exam (57%)

    No textbooks required.

    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 produced by a range of different 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 regarding drug-mediated hepatotoxicity


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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