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Topics covered include central nervous system stimulants and depressants, narcotics, alcohol, cardiovascular agents, contraceptives, environmental toxicants, mechanism of drug action and disposition, antibiotics, drugs used in sports, over-the-counter drugs, food additives, and vitamins.
This course is designed as an introduction to pharmacology and toxicology. Pharmacology is broadly defined as the effect of drugs and chemicals on living organisms. Toxicology is closely related to pharmacology and is the study of the deleterious effects of drugs and chemicals on living organisms. Pharmacology and toxicology courses are usually taught following courses in physiology and biochemistry. Pharmacology 100/3.0 is designed as a general interest introduction to pharmacology and the knowledge of physiology that is required to understand drug action is included in the textbook and the notes. The course is based on a similar course that has been offered at Queen's for the past 30 years.
|Assignment 1 is worth||5% of the final grade|
|Assignment 2 is worth||10% of the final grade|
|Assignment 3 is worth||15% of the final grade|
|Online Midterm Exam is worth||10% of the final grade|
|The Final Exam is worth||60% of the final grade|
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.
Final Examination Format
The three-hour final exam will consist of multiple-choice questions of the type given as practice questions at the end of each lesson, and four short-answer questions. The multiple-choice questions will be worth 80%, and the short-answer questions worth 20% of the final exam.
Section A. History and General Principles of Pharmacology, Lessons 1-5
- History of Drug Use and Development
- Drug Advertising, Drug Trials, and Placebo Effects
- Dose-response Curves and Selective Toxicity
- Drug Toxicity and Routes of Drug Administration
- Drug Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, and Excretion.
Section B. Drugs and the Nervous System, Lessons 1-10
- Physiological and Pharmacological Aspects of the Central and Peripheral Nervous System
- Drug Dependence and Drug Abuse
- Sedative-hypnotics and Anxiolytics
- Narcotic Analgesics (Opiates, Opioids)
- Classification of the Major Psychoactive Drugs
- Classification of Mental Disorders
- Antipsychotic and Antidepressant Drugs
- Stimulant Drugs
- Alcohol (Ethanol)
Assignment 1: Due date TBA
Midterm Exam: Date TBA
Section C. Drugs and the Cardiovascular System, Lessons 1-3
- Drugs for the Treatment of Angina Pectoris and Congestive Heart Failure
- Drugs Used for the Treatment and Prevention of Atherosclerosis
- Antihypertensive Drugs
Section D. Antimicrobial Agents, Lesson 1
- Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral, and Antimalarial Agents
Section E. Topics of Current Interest in Pharmacology, Lessons 1-6
- Over-the-counter (OTC) Drugs
- Herbal Remedies
- Food Additives
- Drugs in Sports
- Regulation of Fertility
Assignment 2: Due date TBA
Section F. Environmental Toxicants and Cancer, Lessons 1-2
- Chemicals and Cancer
- Drugs used for the Treatment of Cancer
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.
A Primer of Drug Action, R.M. Julien, 12th ed., W.H. Freeman and Company (11th edition is also acceptable).
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.
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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 requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
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.