Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Pre-Pharmacy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    35 pints from (BIOL/BMSC 243, 244, CHEM 115, 201)

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5 - 6
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7 - 8
  • Overview

    Drug targets, interactions and transport. Biotransformations and drug metabolism. Measurement techniques. Models for quantification of drug distribution, absorption and elimination. Formulation. Case studies.

    Course content
    Special barriers and transport Measurement of drug-containing samples Drug metabolism Pharmacokinetics Mid semester break Drug targets Drug design Behavioural Pharmacology

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • Provide a quantitative description of the process of absorption, activity, distribution and elimination of drugs
    • Discuss barriers to drug transport
    • Identify potential sites of metabolic transformations of drugs
    • Evaluate the appropriateness of different assay systems for the provision of pharmacological information.
    • Relate objectives 1-6 to the application of typical clinically relevant compounds.
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the physiology relating to chosen typical clinically relevant compounds.
    • Demonstrate practical skills in pharmacology.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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