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SCH2131 Drugs in Society
Credit Points: 15
This unit will introduce students to basic concepts of the pharmacology of many drugs including those most commonly used or abused in human society. The general mechanisms of drugs will be explained in such a way that little biological knowledge is required, but sufficient detail will be included to permit the student to understand the beneficial and harmful effects of many drugs. The course will include an overview of drug metabolism as well as the effects of drugs on the nervous system. One aspect of the course will be the study of drug addiction with specific attention focused on the current use of illicit drugs and the psychology and genetic basis of drug dependence. Lecturers will also encompass the current use of drugs to enhance sporting performance.

This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
K05Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
SMBIOMBiomedical Science 10 Unit Supporting Major
MIBIOMBiomedical Science Minor
SMCHUMHUMAN BIOLOGY 8 Unit Supporting Major
MIHBIOHuman Biology Minor
MAHBIOHuman Biology Major
SMCPHAPHARMACOLOGY 8 Unit Supporting Major
MIPHARPharmacology Minor
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2008 VET: 31/03/2008