PHARMAC 3A06 - 2009-2010 (Labiris)

PHARMAC 3A06 - 2009-2010 (Labiris) - HONOURS BIOLOGY &...

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3A06 Introduction to Pharmacology - 1 - PHARMAC 3A06 (2009-2010) INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY Course Coordinator: Renee Labiris (75657) Tutors: J. Huizinga W. Kunze R. Labiris G. Singh Course outline 1 Evaluation guide 6 Student profile 8 Tutor profile 9 Evaluation sheet 10 Copyright © 1994-2007, McMaster University, Honours Biology & Pharmacology Program, D.J. Crankshaw / P.K. Rangachari
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3A06 Introduction to Pharmacology - 2 - PHARMACOLOGY 3A06 This full year course that will be run entirely in a problem-based format . The central tenet of this course is that learning is more efficient within the context of small groups that are largely self-directed. There are clear objectives which ensure that the course though self-directed is not self-willed. These objectives have been set for each problem; the objectives set are those we feel are the minimum that each group must meet. The objectives of this course are twofold: Process objectives (HOW to learn) and Content objectives (WHAT to learn) Process objectives : In this format of learning, the cases, problems or scenarios act as starting points for exploration. You would acquire the skills necessary to use such problems to further your knowledge of the discipline. Thus given a problem in pharmacology, you would learn to generate issues/organize relevant issues into learning tasks/seek appropriate information from a variety of sources (texts, journals, individuals), analyze critically the information obtained, synthesize the information into a coherent framework, share the information obtained, facilitate the learning of others in the group, assess your performance as well as those of the others (see Figure). Content Objectives: This is an Introductory course designed to give you a good working knowledge of fundamental pharmacological principles. The course is divided into 2 terms. The first term will emphasize the basic concepts required to understand drug action. The second term provides an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have acquired to specific situations. Pharmacologists are interested in providing answers to two central questions: (a) WHAT does the DRUG do to the Body? – PHARMACODYNAMICS (b) WHAT does the BODY do to the DRUG? - PHARMACOKINETICS . To answer the first question, it is necessary to acquire information about: Dose- and concentration-response relations Graded and quantal responses Potency & efficacy Therapeutic and toxic effects of drugs Drug receptors: their classification and experimental definition Agonists (the dimensions of agonism) & antagonists Receptor-response coupling Non-receptor mediated effects of drugs Week 1 Problem presented “Brain-storming” phase Issues generated Learning Tasks defined Evaluation Week 2 Learning Briefs presented Tasks re-assigned Information shared Discussions New Issues raised / New Problem taken up Evaluation Interim Phase Self-study / Gathering Information / Analysis
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PHARMAC 3A06 - 2009-2010 (Labiris) - HONOURS BIOLOGY &...

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