HLTH 2511: Introduction to Pharmacology

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts surrounding pharmacology, such as the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs, and the concepts surrounding pharmacotherapy. It gives specific information concerning cardiopulmonary, vascular, central and peripheral nervous system, and antimicrobial drug classifications, as well as common examples in each classification. With each classification of drugs covered, their mode of action, their clinical effects and side effects will be emphasized.

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and define the basic terms and concepts of pharmacology.
  • Describe the functions and structure of the autonomic nervous system (ANS), including the neurotransmitters and receptors, and the mode of action of the autonomic drugs.
  • Describe the neuromuscular junction and the agents used to block and restore normal skeletal muscle contraction.
  • Classify, identify the clinical purpose, describe the mode of action and describe the side effects of the drug classification of the following drug categories:
    • cardiovascular
    • renal
    • antithrombotic
    • central nervous system (CNS)
  • Outline the inflammatory and pain process and describe the agents used to treat these.
  • Describe the characteristics and implications of pancreatic hormones and antidiabetic drugs.
  • Describe the effects, uses, and indications for antimicrobials.
  • Describe the drugs used to treat disorders of the respiratory tract.

Course topics

  • Module A: Basic Principles of Pharmacology
  • Module B: Autonomic and Neuromuscular Pharmacology
  • Module C: Cardiovascular, Renal, and Hematologic Pharmacology
  • Module D: Drugs that Act in the CNS and PNS
  • Module E: Pharmacology for Inflammation and Pain
  • Module F: Endocrine Pharmacology
  • Module G: Chemotherapeutics
  • Module H: Pharmacology of the Respiratory System

Required text and materials

  1. Pharmacology with Student Consult Online Access. (5th ed) Brenner, G. M., Stevens, C. W. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders (Elsevier). (2018).
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-323-39166-5


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

To complete this course successfully, you must achieve a passing grade of at least 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam. Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program are be required to obtain a minimum of 60% overall to meet program requirements.

Assessment Time Allotted
Midterm 1 65 25%
Midterm 2 50 25%
Final Exam (mandatory) 120 50%



Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication through the Learning Environment’s “Mail” tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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