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Psychopharmacology (PSYT90061)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25Online and On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYT90061
June - Online
June - On Campus
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This selective will provide a brief revision of basic pharmacological principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics including the relevance of age, gender, ethnicity, common drug interactions, environmental influences, route of administration. The primary focus of the different seminars will be the major drug types commonly used in psychiatric practice including the underlying neurochemical basis for their use in specific disorders and specified primary target syndromes and symptoms.

Intended learning outcomes

  • To describe the basic pharmacological principles and their relevance to clinical prescribing
  • To underline the theoretical underpinnings of the common psychiatric disorders such as depression and psychoses, and discuss the underlying basis for the use of specific psychotropic medications
  • To critically analyse the literature on drug trials
  • To apply a rational and practical approach to prescribing psychotropics including the management of side effects, the drug-resistant patient, use in specific patient groups such as the medically unwell, pregnant and lactating patients and the elderly patient
  • To discuss the presentation and management of drug induced movement disorders

Last updated: 19 June 2019