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

    The paper will prepare you for post-graduate research, by developing your knowledge and skills in important aspects of pharmacology.

    About this paper

    Paper title Current Topic
    Subject Pharmacology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (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-ordinators:

    Semester 1 - Associate Professor Lyn Wise (
    Semester 2 - Dr Greg Giles (

    Teaching staff

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

    Paper Structure

    Tutorial Modules:

    • PHAL 307 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

    PHAL 307 will give insight into research and provide the necessary skills required to conduct postgraduate research. This is a self-directed paper in which students will gain valuable skills in important aspects of science:

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


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 15-16, 18-22
    B1 Friday 10:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
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