Pharmaceutical Science

Curriculum Focus

In this subject the notion of what is meant by ‘From Bench to Bedside’ is explored. Students learn about the thinking and planning that is required for the development of a medicinal drug right through to how it is administered to a patient and then how that drug makes its way to its target.

Throughout the semester the students will focus on the following areas:

How drugs work;

Their effect on the treatment of disease;

Their impact on the body; and

How safe and effective pharmaceuticals are taken to market.

This unit of study also focuses on some basic aspects of Formulation Science and Medicinal Chemistry:

Formulation Science: Students learn how to formulate, design and evaluate pharmaceuticals;

Medicinal Chemistry: Medicinal chemistry is at the intersection of biology and chemistry. It is specialised chemistry that deals with how drugs work, how they are designed and how they are made. Students will gain a broad range of skills, which traverse the full range of the drug development cycle.

Learning Outcomes

In this unit, all class work and practical work completed is used to guide students towards being able to answer a range of inquiry questions. The answers to the inquiry questions are based on students forming their own opinion. This is based on the data they have collected which enables them to generate the evidence that is required to support their opinion. Students will showcase their understanding and knowledge by creating their own website in their e-portfolio.

Students will be involved in a major research project where they will research the treatment for a particular disease and present their findings at the Infectious Disease Symposium. Students will conduct this research project together with students from the Cells to Systems class.

Assessment

Class work and group work

Inquiry question research/practical work and website development

Infectious Disease Symposium

Practical exam



Throughout the semester the students will focus on the following areas:

  • how drugs work;
  • their effect on the treatment of disease;
  • their impact on the body; and
  • how safe and effective pharmaceuticals are taken to market.

This unit of study also focuses on some basic aspects of Formulation Science and Medicinal
Chemistry:

  • Formulation Science: Students learn how to formulate, design and evaluate pharmaceuticals;
  • Medicinal Chemistry: Medicinal chemistry is at the intersection of biology and chemistry. It is specialised chemistry that deals with how drugs work, how they are designed and how they are made. Students will gain a broad range of skills, which traverse the full range of the drug development cycle.


Students will be involved in a major research project where they will research the treatment for a particular disease and present their findings at the Infectious Disease Symposium. Students will conduct this research project together with students from the Cells to Systems class. Assessment will be based on:

  • Class work and group work;
  • Inquiry question research/practical work and website development;
  • Infectious Disease Symposium;
  • Practical Exam.