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PHAR 340 / BMED 840 - Principles of General Pharmacology I

 Fall 2019
 Year 3
 9-10 hours/week
 3 units
On-Campus Course

Topics include: fundamental principles of drug action, autonomic nervous system pharmacology, and toxicology.

Prerequisite: (PHGY 210/6.0 or PHGY 214/6.0 or PHGY 212/6.0).

Corequisite: BCHM 310/9.0 or BCHM 315/3.0.

No more than 3.0 units from PHAR 230/3.0; PHAR 270/3.0; PHAR 340/3.0.

The goal of PHAR-340 is to introduce students to the science of pharmacology and toxicology. This entails instruction in topics that are fundamental to the discipline, including receptors & pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug absorption, distribution, biotransformation & excretion, and drug toxicity. These concepts are illustrated by example in autonomic pharmacology, eicosanoid pharmacology and respiratory system pharmacology.

PHAR 340:

Mid-term multiple-choice examination: 25% 

Final multiple-choice examination: 55%

Peer assessment for tutorial contributions: 5%

News item analysis: 15%


BMED 840:

Mid-term multiple-choice examination: 25%

Final multiple-choice examination: 45%

Peer assessment for tutorial contributions: 5%

News item analysis: 15%

Essay: 10%

Lecture 3 hours per week

Tutorial 2 hours per week

The recommended textbook for this course (and most likely PHAR 450) is the 14th edition of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology by Katzung, Masters and Trevor. The electronic version is available online.


Letter Grade Percentage
A+ 90-100
A 85-89.9
A- 80-84.9
B+ 77-79.9
B 73-76.9
B- 70-72.9
C+ 67-69.9
C 63-66.9
C- 60-62.9
D+ 57-59.9
D 53-56.9
D- 50-52.9
F 0-49.9