University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

PHARM 7011EX - Drug Effects and Biology of Addiction

Career: Postgraduate Coursework
Units: 6
Term: Semester 1
Campus: External
Contact: Online
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: No
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Assessment: Written assignments, exam, discussion board contribution

This course will focus on the biological mechanisms involved in drug effects and addiction. Students will learn how drugs affect the body and behaviour. This will include general principles of drug action, pharmacokinetics and variability in drug response, pharmacology of the major drug classes (opioids, benzodiazepines, alcohol, stimulants, 'party drugs', nicotine, hallucinogens and cannabis) and consequences of their use. Students will learn about the brain reward system and neurological mechanisms responsible for drug tolerance and dependence. Predisposition to drug dependence is studied by looking at genetics, personality and social circumstances. Students will gain an advanced level of understanding of the nature of addiction. Development of academic writing skills and critical appraisal are goals to increase lifelong learning skills.

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Commonwealth supported
Full fee paying

Study Level

Postgraduate Coursework
Non Award

Program of Study

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* This course is not normally offered to international students studying within Australia.

Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 15/03/2022 Thu 24/03/2022 Fri 06/05/2022 Fri 10/06/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Independent Study
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
16282 01EX 45 34 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.