Fall 2019 - HSCI 323 D100

Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology (3)

Class Number: 2619

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    BLU 9011, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Bassam Nyaeme
    Office: TBA
    Office Hours: TBA
  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 231, CHEM 282.



Biological, molecular and biochemical actions of drugs and toxicants. Genetic and environmental risk determinants. Understanding the broad spectrum of toxicological problems encountered in clinical practice, drug development and regulation, and medical research.


This course will provide students with an introduction to pharmacological and toxicological principles, and in particular pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. In addition, students will be provided with an overview of mechanisms of drug/toxicant action on various systems, and receptors, including signal transduction pathways. Finally, students will be introduced to the topics of pharmaco-/toxico-genetics and genomics. This course is designed to prepare undergraduates who have an interest in medicine and human health services to pursue careers in these disciplines. In addition, this course will serve as the cornerstone of the Environmental and Occupational Health Bachelor of Science stream and support the Life Course in Human Health stream in the Faculty of Health Sciences.


Course Objectives: The objectives of this course are to provide students with a firm and demonstrable understanding of the basic principles of pharmacology and toxicology. By the end of the course students will be able to:  

1. Explain relevant principles of drug action such as absorption, distribution, metabolism, bio-activation, and the laws of mass action as they relate to the physiology of drug and toxicant action.  

2. The students should begin to be able to apply or relate this knowledge to practical pharmacological/toxicological problems commonly associated with human populations and those confronted in a basic laboratory situation. This should be evident by the student’s ability to extend theory to practice and/or provide relevant examples from the literature.  

3. Students should be able to identify what parameters, with regard to dose/exposure, peak plasma concentration, etc., are physiologically relevant.


  • Mid-term exam 1 30%
  • Mid-term exam 2 30%
  • Mid-term exam 3 30%
  • Class Quizzes/ Case Studies (2 Quizzes) 10%


Details Regarding Course Grades and Evaluation. There will be three multiple choice/short answer format mid-term exams, each will represent 33% of the final grade. The grade scale will follow the standard Canadian grading scale (i.e. ≥93% = A+, 85-82% = A, 80-84% = A-, etc.). This scale is available in the FHS undergraduate education office.



Rang & Dale's Pharmacology; 9th Edition


Rang & Dale's Pharmacology; 9th Edition
ISBN: 978-0-7020-7448-6

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