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PHAL303 Neuropharmacology

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Mechanisms of action, uses and abuse of drugs affecting the nervous system.

Paper title Neuropharmacology
Paper code PHAL303
Subject Pharmacology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.75
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PHAL 211
Schedule C
Teaching staff

Professor Paul Smith

Professor Michelle Glass

Professor Debbie Hay

Paper Structure

Lecture topics

  • Drug targets, specifically the receptors of the central nervous system.
  • Drug treatment in neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and stroke.


  • Lab reports (20%)
  • Tests (20%)
  • Final exam (60%)
Lectures notes.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To understand the physiological and pathological role of neurotransmitter receptors
  • To understand drug treatment of neurological disease
  • To develop critical thinking
  • To develop skills in science communications

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29-30
AND one stream from
B1 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 32, 34, 37, 39
B2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 31, 33, 36, 38