Basic and Clinical Pharmacology


Course Description

Pharmacology is the study of the body of knowledge about the interaction of medicinal chemicals with living cells, tissues, or organisms. This course is designed to introduce medical pharmacology to students who are pursuing degrees in the Medical Sciences. The aim of the course is to help students understand the interactions between chemicals and living tissues. Students should learn the pharmacological effects, mechanisms of actions, clinical applications and adverse reactions of the drugs used for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease. As Pharmacology is also a practical course, students should not only learn the basic operational skills and related theories through the lectures, the experimental teaching and learning, but also should learn to design experiments, analyze data and improve their critical thinking.


The course is designed to provide based training for medical students for rational uses of drugs. Students are required to understand the pharmacodynamic properties (pharmacological effects, mechanism of action, clinical application and adverse reactions) and pharmacokinetic properties (absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination) of the drugs frequently used clinically.

Course Structure

The course consists of traditional lectures, student centered active learning case discussions (Problem Based Learning, PBL) and group-based learning (GBL). Students are also required to complete designated pharmacological experiments. All learning formats are important as they are integrated. The materials covered in lecture are up to date and any discrepancies between various written sources of information can be resolved by discussion with the lecturer.


Students in small groups will lead discussions of clinical cases. Students will be given the case prior to the session and are expected to study the case thoroughly and research relevant materials in preparation for a group student-led discussion. The grade assigned to this component of the course will be judged based on level and quality of participation.


The objectives of GBL is to cultivate students' abilities of organization, coordination, thinking, communication, expression, team management and report writing. The students are divede into 4-8 groups, 8-9 students/group. The students will discuss the course contents and exercises with each other. Then the teacher will summarize the contents.


Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 12th edition, Katzung B., Masters S., Anthony T. McGraw-Hill Medical, 2012

Reference book

Goodman & Gilman’s the Pharmacological Basis of the Therapeutics,  Brunton L., Chabner B, Knollmann B., 12th edition, McGraw-Hill, 2012


Attendance at lectures, and all other class sessions, is expected. You will  be tested on material covered in the textbook, in lecture, and in other class sessions.

Students’ evaluation

Students’ grade will be evaluated as follows:

1. Theory (85%)

(1) Mid-term examination (20%)

(2) Final examination (50%)

(3) PBL (10%)

(4) GBL (5%)

2. Experiments (15%)

(1) Experimental reports (5%)

(2) Experimental examination (10%)




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