BMSC13010 - Pharmacology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy. You will explore the mechanism of action of major drug classes used in the treatment of diseases relevant to your profession. Pharmacokinetics, receptor selectivity, efficacy and the optimum route of administration of pharmaceuticals will also be studied. You will be required to understand the practical responses of pharmaceuticals on various tissue types and relate this content to other aspects of Medical Science and your respective professions.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


CG93 Medical Science, CL10 Medical Laboratory Science and CG95 Paramedic Science: BMSC12010

CB66 Health Science (Allied Health): MBIO12013 and BIOH12008

CB86 Bachelor of Podiatry Practice (Honours): ALLH11001, and BMSC11008 (or ALLH11004), and HLTH11027, and PSYC11010, andBMSC11007 (or ALLH11005), and ALLH11009 (or ALLH12007), and ALLH11006 and HLTH12028

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Laboratory/Practical 0%
3. Practical Assessment 25%
4. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 33.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 21.43% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback - formal evaluations
The laboratory experience was engaging with a real-life research project incorporated
Continue to develop and deliver the updated laboratory experience myth busting drug effects
Action Taken
This aspects of the unit was revamped for 2021 and has continued to be enhanced and modified with high level of student satisfaction. This component will be maintained and enhanced with new options in 2023.
Source: External accreditation review student feedback
The unit content provided a valuable capstone knowledge of human disease from pathophysiology to effective drug treatment
Continue to deliver contextualised and contemporary content and laboratory skills.
Action Taken
Maintain delivery of the contextualised content and laboratory skills.
Source: Student feedback - formal evaluations
The practical assessment item and residential school scheduled so late in the term caused time pressure and stress in completing the item and delayed feedback
The teaching and scheduling team have revised the structure and scaffolding of assessment items and timing of the residential school to earlier in the term of offering. This will provide more time for students to integrate their knowledge and practical experience in completing the assessment item.
Action Taken
Continue to evaluate the timing of assessment items and residential schools for the unit.
Source: SUTE and self reflection
More timely assessment return
Prioritise timely assessment return through better organisation and use of support structures provided.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE and unsolicited student comments via email
Students found the applied research based residential school engaging and an immersive learning experience
Maintain the positive laboratory experience.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the basic principles and the applications of pharmacology - pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug design and clinical trials
  2. Classify the major groups of medicines with respect to use in pathophysiologies, their actions and side effects
  3. Perform data acquisition, analysis of results and discussions of findings of pharmacological experiments
  4. Provide an evidence-based explanation of how pharmaceuticals mediate their effects.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Laboratory/Practical
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10