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Fundamentals of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
This course introduces the basic principles and clinical applications of pharmacology. Topics covered include the general principles of drug therapy, the use of therapeutics in the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and gastrointestinal systems and drugs used in infection, inflammation and cancer.
After completing PHAR 270, students will be able to:
- Explain the principles of drug therapy.
- Discuss the use of therapeutics in the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and gastrointestinal systems.
- Describe how drugs are used to combat infection, inflammation and cancer.
- Solve basic pharmacokinetic problems.
- Apply concepts learned during the course to real life therapeutic scenarios.
- Propose a basic therapeutic plan for common diseases or ailments.
- Engage in discussions about drug abuse and the pharmacological principles behind it.
|Module 1||Basic Principles of Pharmacology|
|Module 2||Nervous System Part I|
|Module 3||Nervous System Part II|
|Module 4||Cardiovascular and Respiratory|
|Module 5||Endocrine and Gastrointestinal|
|Module 6||Infection, Cancer, and Special Topics in Pharmacology|
PHAR 270, Fundamentals of Pharmacology and Therapeutics is an interdisciplinary course that introduces the basic principles and clinical applications of pharmacology. This 12-week course covers six themes or topics. Students will work through the topics online, using a combination of course notes, text book readings and short video clips. Students will participate in two activities throughout the course that will encourage communication and teamwork, as well as ensure concepts have been understood and can be applied to real life scenarios. At the end of the course, students will have a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of pharmacology and therapeutics.
|2 Active Learning Activities||30%|
|Final Proctored Exam||50%|
**Evaluation Subject to Change**
This course has required live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.
Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
- PHAR 270 course notes via modules posted online
- Katzung, Bertram G., Masters, Susan B., and Trevor, Anthony J. Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 12th edition. McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, 2012 (available online through Queen’s library).
Students can expect to spend approximately 9 - 10 hours a week (114 hours per term) in study / practice and online activity for PHAR 270.
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About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.
- Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
- Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
- Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
- Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash
See also Getting Started.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Fall term 2016 and Winter term 2017 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $648.40; for a 6.0-unit course, $1296.80. See also Tuition and Fees.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
|Letter Grade||Grade Point|
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All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.