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Course Description

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Topics covered in this course include drugs used in the treatment of inflammatory, allergic, hormonal, infectious, neoplastic and hemorrhagic/thromboembolic disease. The focus will be on drug targets and mechanisms of action that explain therapeutic and toxicological effects.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental pharmacokinetic principles that govern drug movement through the body  (recall from BIOM*3090)
  • Describe the basic mechanisms by which selected classes of systemic drugs exert their therapeutic actions
  • Recognize and explain pathophysiological, biochemical, pharmacological and patient-specific factors that may alter a patient’s response to a particular drug
  • Recognize the generic name and class (+/- trade or “brand” names) of common drugs used to treat common systemic disorders
  • Explain how and why adverse drug reactions occur and know the main adverse effects of selected major classes of drugs used to treat common systemic disorders

Course Topics

  • Drugs used to treat endocrine disorders
  • Drugs used in the treatment of inflammation
  • Drugs used in the treatment of Infections
  • Drugs used in the treatment of cancer
  • Drugs used in the treatment of parasitic infections

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): BIOM*3090


Assessment Item Weight
Online Quizzes (5) 10%
Midterm 40%
Final Exam 50%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

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Technical Requirements

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