HLTH 2511

Introduction to Pharmacology

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Methods

Online, self-paced.


A minimum of a two-year health care diploma program and a sound knowledge of human anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology is strongly recommended.


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe and define the basic terms and concepts of pharmacology.
  • Outline the functions and structure of the autonomic nervous system and describe the autonomic drugs.
  • Describe the neuromuscular junction and the agents used to block normal skeletal muscle contraction.
  • Describe the cardiovascular, renal, antithrombotic and hematopoietic agents.
  • Describe drugs that act on the central and peripheral nervous system.
  • 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 Outline

  • 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

Course Duration

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Students will be required to source their own textbook.

Brenner, G., C.W. Stevens. Pharmacology with Student Consult Online Access. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders (Elsevier). (2013).
Textbook, ISBN: 978-1-4557-0282-4 / 1-4557-0282-X

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.


HLTH 2511: Introduction to Pharmacology will be graded as follows:

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Final examination 50%

In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50% overall.

Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum of 60% overall to meet program requirements.