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Fundamentals of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

PHAR 270/3.0

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.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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 1Basic Principles of Pharmacology
Module 2Nervous System Part I
Module 3Nervous System Part II
Module 4Cardiovascular and Respiratory
Module 5Endocrine and Gastrointestinal
Module 6Infection, 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.


Summer 19: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 6 - July 26, 2019
Exam Dates: 
July 30 - August 2, 2019


2 Active Learning Activities30%
Midterm Quiz20%
Final Proctored Exam50%

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has required live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.

Final Examination

For an enhanced test-taking experience in your Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) course, your exams will be virtually proctored in the BHSc Portal using RPNow software. 

RPNow is a remote proctoring service that ensures a high standard of academic integrity and allows you to write your exam in your own workspace. In order to ensure academic integrity during your exam, you will be required to sign in with photo ID, complete a scan of your workspace, be video and audio monitored for the duration of your exam, and have all activity on your desktop captured. These recordings will then be reviewed by trained RPNow proctors for suspicious activity.


Professor Jeanne Mulder (

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9 - 10 hours a week (114 hours per term) in study / practice and online activity for PHAR 270.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

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.

Computer Requirements

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.

System Requirements:

  • 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.

Grading Scheme

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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How does this affect my academics?
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Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

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.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.