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PSCI202 Medicines and Disease

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Study of the use of microbes to make medicines, the sterile manufacture of medicines and the pathogenesis of common conditions treated or managed with pharmacotherapy.

PSCI202 provides students intending on working in the pharmaceutical industry, or related fields, with an overview of

  1. important diseases that are treated with pharmacotherapy;
  2. the role of the immune system in preventing and causing disease as well as how components of the immune system are used in pharmacotherapy; and
  3. pharmaceutical microbiology.
Pharmaceutical microbiology includes the use of microbes to make medicines, how microbial contamination of medicines is prevented.

Paper title Medicines and Disease
Paper code PSCI202
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
CELS 191, BIOC 192, HUBS 191, HUBS 192
Restriction
MICR 221, MICR 223, PATH 201, PHCY 219, PHCY 315
Eligibility

PSCI 202 builds on the foundations of 100 level papers in microbiology, immunology and biology.

Contact

sarah.hook@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Professor Sarah Hook
Academic staff from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Academic staff from the Department of Pathology
Paper Structure

PSCI 202 will be taught through lectures and laboratories covering the following general topics:

  • The use of microbes and biotechnology to make medicines
  • How medicines can be manufactured under sterile conditions
  • The role of the immune system in preventing disease and in causing pathology, and how components of the immune system are used in pharmacotherapy
  • The pathogenesis of common conditions treated, managed or prevented with pharmacotherapy that are currently the focus of drug development
Textbooks

Textbooks will be available through the library. Titles to be confirmed.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  1. Describe how microbes and biotechnology are used to make medicines and the advantages and disadvantages associated with the technologies
  2. Describe the differences between sterile and non-sterile medicines, and when they are used
  3. Explain the sources of microbial contamination and how sterility of medicines can be achieved
  4. Discuss the pathogenesis of common conditions treated, managed or prevented with pharmacotherapy
  5. Explain the role of the immune system in preventing disease and in causing pathology and how components of the immune system are used in pharmacotherapy
  6. Apply analytical laboratory skills

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Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 32, 34, 37, 39
Friday 14:00-16:50 29

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 13:00-13:50 36