Provides students with knowledge of pharmacologically active constituents and medicinal plant pharmacology. Covers major groups of active constituents, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and safety issues including herb-drug interactions. Includes the study of the therapeutic applications of a number of medicinal plants.
- Phytochemistry, primary metabolism and secondary metabolism
- Major chemical groups of plant constituents (phytochemicals)
- Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of major phytochemicals and plant extracts
- Toxicity and potential adverse effects of medicinal plants
- Laboratory methods in pharmacognosy
- Therapeutic use of some 50 medicinal plants
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe the concepts of pharmacognosy and phytochemistry, primary metabolites and secondary metabolites||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||describe the major groups of plant constituents in terms of their chemistry and mechanism of action||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||explain the absorption, metabolism and excretion (i.e. the pharmacokinetics) of some of the major plant constituents||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||evaluate the toxicity and potential adverse effects of major plant constituents||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||discuss approximately 50 selected medicinal plants in terms of their chemistry and pharmacology, including support for their therapeutic use and claims, their actions, interactions, and any potential safety issues involved with their use||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||access and identify literature relevant to the unit's topic areas using computer-based technology||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning|
|7||use and explain selected laboratory methods appropriate for the study of medicinal plants and present experimental data in the form of a laboratory report.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Communication and social skills|
- Heinrich, M, Barnes, J, Gibbons, S & Williamson, EM, 2012, Fundamentals of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy, 2nd edn, Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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