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PHAR 100/3.0 Introductory Pharmacology

Course applicable to the following Majors / Medials/ Minors:    Faculty of Health Sciences
Course Instructors: Alastair Ferguson / Thomas Massey
This course is available in:   Winter term at the BISC
Course Prerequisites / Exclusions:   There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is recommended that students have 4U Biology or equivalent.
EXCLUSION: May not be taken with or after: PHAR 230/3.0; PHAR 270/3.0; PHAR 340/3.0; PHAR 450/3.0.

PHAR 100 teaches students about how a drug moves through the body, how it causes the desired effect, and why it causes adverse effects. The knowledge gained from this course is applicable to everyday life as well as provides a foundation for upper year courses in pharmacology.


Course Highlights:

This course covers a broad range of topics including alcohol, cannabis, over the counter medications, herbal medications, and more!

Introductory pharmacology is applicable to all students, regardless of your primary discipline of study.

Develop your communication and teamwork skills with group assignments and research projects. Students will work together and individually to look at concepts more in depth, such as how to create a well-designed phase 3 clinical trial for a new drug that has been developed.

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PHAR 100/3.0 Introductory Pharmacology

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.

Learning Outcomes

After completing PHAR 100, successful students will be able to:

  • Discuss the pharmacological principles of drug abuse to advocate for healthy and appropriate drug use. (PLO 4, 6; Assessment
  • 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. (PLO 4, 6; Assessments 2–5)
  • 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. (PLO 4, 8; Assessment 1)
  • Effectively discuss and apply relevant pharmacological principles within a group to successfully complete collaborative assignments. (PLO 4; Assessments 1, 2)

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Previous examples of ELOs and course assessments for this course include an individual project to design the basic elements needed for a Phase Three trial of a theoretical drug, and a group report on herbal and dietary supplements, using analysis of peer-reviewed scientific research.

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