Introductory Pharmacology - Online pharmacology and toxicology courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

Introductory Pharmacology

Pills and a needle
PHAR 100/3.0

Topics covered include central nervous system stimulants and depressants, narcotics, alcohol,  contraceptives, environmental toxicants, mechanism of drug action and disposition, antibiotics, drugs used in sports, over-the-counter drugs, food additives, and vitamins.

Learning Outcomes

After completing PHAR 100, students will be able to:
  • Discuss the pharmacological principles of drug abuse to advocate for healthy and appropriate drug use. 
  • Describe the mechanism of action and physiological effects of classes of drugs to be able to summarize the reason(s) for their use and abuse in society.
  • Apply learned knowledge of the essential elements of a phase 3 clinical trial to design a hypothetical clinical trial for a new drug to treat a specific disease or condition. 
  • Effectively discuss and apply relevant pharmacological principles within a group to successfully complete collaborative assignments

 

Description

PHAR 100, Introductory Pharmacology, is designed as a general interest course that introduces the subjects of pharmacology and toxicology, with emphasis on common drugs used and abused by society. Pharmacology is broadly defined as the effect of drugs and chemicals on living organisms, while toxicology is the study of the deleterious effects of drugs and chemicals on living organisms. No prior knowledge of physiology is required to understand the drug action described in this course. This 12-week course consists of six modules, which student will work through online. 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. In addition, students will be required to submit one individual assignment, answering assigned questions about the course material. At the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of pharmacology and toxicology.

Terms

Summer 21: May - July
Course Dates: 
May 10 - July 30, 2021
Exam Dates: 
August 3 - 10

Evaluation

10% - Phase III Clinical Trial Poster
20% - Individual Assignment
20% - Herbal and Dietary Supplements Report
10% - Midterm
40% - Final Proctored Exam

Note: students must pass the final exam to pass the course.

** Evaluation Subject to Change **

 

Instructor

Professor William Racz (raczw@queensu.ca) and Professor Jeanne Mulder (jeanne.mulder@queensu.ca)

Instructor message

Dr. Racz obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan. After three years of practice, he returned to university and obtained a Master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry and a doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Alberta. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University. His interest in educating physicians, nursing science and life science students, and the public in the area of pharmacology and drug use spans almost four decades. His research interests include heavy metal toxicity and drug induced liver injury. He is a past president of the Society of Toxicology of Canada, a consultant to the Committee for The Evaluation of Drugs, Ministry of Health, Ontario and has served on several expert panels.

Dr. Mulder obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Queen’s University. Dr. Mulder is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. Her current research interests include environmental toxicants and drug-induced lung and liver toxicities, including cancer. She has been involved with the online version of PHAR100 for over five years and is enthusiastic about teaching pharmacology and toxicology.  

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.

Winter 2021
Course Dates: 
Jan. 11 - April 9, 2021
Exam Dates: 
April 14 - 30, 2020

Evaluation

10% - Phase III Clinical Trial Poster
20% - Herbal and Dietary Supplements Report

20% - Individual Assignment
10% - Midterm
40% - Final Proctored Exam

Note: students must pass the final exam to pass the course.

** Evaluation Subject to Change *

Instructor

Professor William Racz (raczw@queensu.ca) and Professor Jeanne Mulder (jeanne.mulder@queensu.ca)

Instructor message

Dr. Racz obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan. After three years of practice, he returned to university and obtained a Master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry and a doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Alberta. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University. His interest in educating physicians, nursing science and life science students, and the public in the area of pharmacology and drug use spans almost four decades. His research interests include heavy metal toxicity and drug induced liver injury. He is a past president of the Society of Toxicology of Canada, a consultant to the Committee for The Evaluation of Drugs, Ministry of Health, Ontario and has served on several expert panels.

Dr. Mulder obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Queen’s University. Dr. Mulder is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. Her current research interests include environmental toxicants and drug-induced lung and liver toxicities, including cancer. She has been involved with the online version of PHAR100 for over five years and is enthusiastic about teaching pharmacology and toxicology.  

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.

Fall 2020
Course Dates: 
Sept. 8 - Dec. 7, 2020
Exam Dates: 
Dec. 10 - 23, 2020

Evaluation

10% - Phase III Clinical Trial Poster
20% - Herbal and Dietary Supplements Report

20% - Individual Assignment
10% - Midterm
40% - Final Proctored Exam

Note: students must pass the final exam to pass the course.

** Evaluation Subject to Change *

 

Instructor

Professor William Racz (raczw@queensu.ca) and Professor Jeanne Mulder (jeanne.mulder@queensu.ca)

Instructor message

Dr. Racz obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Saskatchewan. After three years of practice, he returned to university and obtained a Master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry and a doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Alberta. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University. His interest in educating physicians, nursing science and life science students, and the public in the area of pharmacology and drug use spans almost four decades. His research interests include heavy metal toxicity and drug induced liver injury. He is a past president of the Society of Toxicology of Canada, a consultant to the Committee for The Evaluation of Drugs, Ministry of Health, Ontario and has served on several expert panels.

Dr. Mulder obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Queen’s University. Dr. Mulder is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor and Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. Her current research interests include environmental toxicants and drug-induced lung and liver toxicities, including cancer. She has been involved with the online version of PHAR100 for over five years and is enthusiastic about teaching pharmacology and toxicology.  

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend on average, about 9 - 10 hours per week on the course.

Course Resources

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Computer Specifications

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  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

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  • Wifi is not recommended

Java

  • Latest version

Media Player

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Adobe Reader

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Grading Scheme

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Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

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