Subject Resources: Pharmacology

Subject Resources: Pharmacology

Listed below are Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) developed by the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Physiotherapy in the subject area of Pharmacology. Click on a title link to view the RLO. To keep up to date on released RLOs, keep checking our news section, or link to our RSS news feed (what's RSS?). Use of these RLOs is governed by our Terms of Use.

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Pharmacology RLOs
Title Description Detail
Action of drugs that target carriers This learning resource introduces carriers as a target for drug action and describes how carriers function and how drugs utilise these carriers. View further information on this RLO.
Action of drugs that target enzymes To describe how enzymes function and how drug inhibitors block this action. View further information on this RLO.
Action of drugs that target ion channels This learning resource introduces ion channels as target for drug action. View further information on this RLO.
An introduction to receptor pharmacology To describe the different types of receptor which drugs target. View further information on this RLO.
Bioavailability Introduction to the concept of the bioavailability of drugs. View further information on this RLO.
Clinical impact of changes in drug clearance Examines some of the factors which affect total body clearance of a drug and how this, in turn, influences a drug's clinical impact. View further information on this RLO.
Clinical importance and receptor location within the cell This learning object illustrates the clinical importance of receptor location in relation to the speed of drug action in practice. View further information on this RLO.
Crossword - Introduction to Receptor Pharmacology This RLO uses a crossword to assess your knowledge about the different receptor types and how drugs interact with them. View further information on this RLO.
Drug-receptor interaction Introduction to the interaction of cell receptors with drugs. This resource was first released in June 2004. It has been re-purposed by the Helm team in 2016. View further information on this RLO.
Exploring the synapse Describe the events during the transmission of an impulse across a synapse View further information on this RLO.
G-protein linked receptors This learning object explains how G - proteins function in communication messages from membrane-bound receptors. View further information on this RLO.
Half-life of drugs To understand the half-life of drugs and its relationship with volume of distribution and clearance. View further information on this RLO.
How ligand-gated ion channel receptors communicate messages This learning object explains how ligand-gated channel receptors signal messages. View further information on this RLO.
Importance of Drug Receptor Location This the first Umbrella Learning Object (ULO) to be developed and contains the following Pharmacology RLO titles: Receptor location, Membrane Bound Receptors, Intracellular Receptors and Clinical importance and application. View further information on this RLO.
Importance of intracellular receptor location to the speed of drug action To explain how binding of a drug to an intracellular receptor influences cellular activity and how this relates to the timing of drug action. View further information on this RLO.
Importance of membrane bound receptors to the speed of drug action To determine the clinical importance of receptor location in determining the time of onset of drug effect. View further information on this RLO.
Introduction to drug clearance Provides a definition of clearance and a basic explanation of the processes View further information on this RLO.
Kinase-linked receptors This learning resource explains the mechanism and action of kinase-linked receptors. It has been designed to work easily with the Core tool, an application currently under development. The Core tool will enable tutors to collect, organise and aggregate various resources and package them as one learning object. View further information on this RLO.
Lock and Key Hypothesis Introducing the "lock and key" analogy of drug-receptor interaction, whereby only drugs of a certain molecular shape will 'fit' with a cell membrane receptor. View further information on this RLO.
Patents This resource examines the topic of patents, of particular relevance to medicine and pharmacology. A patent is a legal title that provides an inventor exclusive property rights to their invention for the length of the patent period. View further information on this RLO.
Pharmacogenetics Pharmacogenetics refers to the study of genetic influences on an individual's response to drugs. In pharmacogenetics, the analysis of a specific gene, or group of genes, may be used to predict responses to a specific drug or class of drugs. View further information on this RLO.
Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic influences of aminoglycoside dosing Examines how the absorbtion and distribution of aminoglycosides within the body affects the dosing regimens used. View further information on this RLO.
Plasma Proteins and Drug Distribution Examing the role of plasma proteins in the blood in the distribution and elimination of drugs in the body. View further information on this RLO.
Receptor location and the speed of drug action To explain how cellular receptor location influences the speed of drug action. View further information on this RLO.
Targets for Drug Actions This RLO explains the four major targets at which drugs act, namely receptors, ion channels, carriers and enzymes View further information on this RLO.
The Kidneys and Drug Excretion The role of the kidneys in the excretion of drugs. View further information on this RLO.
The Liver and drug metabolism The role of the liver in the metabolism of drugs. View further information on this RLO.
Understanding First Pass Metabolism Description of first pass metabolism of orally-administered drugs in the liver and gastrointestinal tract View further information on this RLO.
Volume of distribution Explains the pharmacological concept of Volume of Distribution, and how it is calculated. View further information on this RLO.