Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Faculty Science
Department Physiology and Pharmacology
Code 2060A/B
Prerequisite(s) None
Antirequisite(s) Pharmacology 3620, the former Pharmacology 3550A/B
Co-requisite(s) None
Pre- or Co-requisite(s) None
Lecture ONLINE
Lab/Tutorial 1 tutorial hr / week (OPTIONAL)
Professors Dr. Brad Urquhart


A course for students in the BSc in Nursing and other Health Sciences programs as well as students in BMSc and BSc programs, to provide a basic understanding of the fundamentals of drug action and the mechanisms of action and therapeutic use of the important classes of drugs.

Course Content


  • Module 1 – Chemistry of Pharmacology
  • Module 2 – Pharmacokinetics-absorption
  • Module 3 – Pharmacokinetics-distribution
  • Module 4 – Pharmacokinetics- metabolism
  • Module 5 – Pharmacokinetics-excretion
  • Module 6 – Clinical Pharmacokinetics
  • Module 7 – Pharmacodynamics-dose response relationships
  • Module 8 – Pharmacodynamics-drug receptor interactions
  • Module 9 – Pharmacodynamics-therapeutic index

  • Module 10 – AdverseDrug Reactions and Medication Errors
  • Module 11 – Drug Interactions

  • Module 12 – Drugs to lower cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Module 13 – Pharmacotherapy of Hypertension 

  • Module 14 – CNS Pharmacology: Part I
  • Module 14 – CNS Pharmacology: Part II
  • Module 15 – Drugs to Treat Diabetes
  • Module 16 – Antibiotics
  • Module 17 – Cancer Chemotherapy

Midterm Exam: Normally scheduled to cover all content up to the end of Module 11.

Final Exam: The layout of the content is very straightforward. Each module is easy to navigate online with lots of interactive, diagrams and videos. This course targets your auditory, visual and even interactive learning skills. Throughout each module there are tiny quizzes to check if you understand what you are reading, as well as review games at the end of each module. The Final Exam is cumulative, but with a much heavier emphasis on the later half of the course.

Course Materials

Required Textbook(s): Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 7th Edition by Richard A. Lehne. OPTIONAL; the textbook was lightly used in this course – it’s nice to have paper in front of you but if you are good at reading of a computer screen the module notes covered more than enough!

Online: Course notes will be made available on OWL.


Component Comments Weight
5 Quizzes Completed online; MCQ 10%
Midterm Exam MCQ 40%
Final Exam Cumulative; MCQ 50%


This course is completely online. There are typically two modules a week. The modules start of short taking about half an hour each, and towards the second half of the course they edge on an hour and a half per week.

There is no set time that you have to complete the modules by, but there are 5 quizzes 1 every 2-3 weeks. The quizzes are 10-15 multiple choice questions online. These are also good review for the exam

The lecture is given to you as notes on a .pdf document, an online AV lecture (slideshow) to watch, and an interactive webpage of the module. The interactive section composes of games and quizzes to test your knowledge for each module. (These were fun and helpful)

The content on all three of these lectures is almost the same, so you can find which method works best for you and stick to it. The professor is great and he maintains an active discussion board, and also has review posts for each module to help you study for your exams

There are also case studies, which are only one to two questions on the midterm exam, quite straight forward, and really finding the case study is the hardest part. (Psst they’re located at the end of the ONLINE MODULE – not the notes version!)

Professor Comments

“Pharmacology is the study of drugs and the way that drugs interact with living systems. Pharmacology 2060 is an introductory pharmacology class targeted at introducing students to the basic principles of drug action and reviewing how the major classes of drugs are used in therapeutics. This course was designed for students with an interest in the clinical application of drug therapy, particularly for students in the nursing and BMSc programs. The course is delivered completely online. Although there is a course schedule, pharm 2060 is intended to be flexible so students may complete the modules at a time that best suits their schedule.

Online courses present a challenge in terms of methods of delivering information. In pharm 2060 we have attempted to provide the information in a format that suits multiple learning styles. Modules are presented as a pre-recorded lecture, online module and a printable version of notes to facilitate studying. For the most part, each of these formats contains all the information required to do well in the course; however, some of the media files (i.e. flash animations, case studies, etc.) are not able to be included in the printable notes. We have also tried to make learning pharmacology fun……I know that sounds really cheesy. Within the modules are learning games such as jeopardy, football and golf to help reinforce concepts. In addition, we have also included a few case studies derived from real life clinical pharmacology problems for students to work through.

In my experience, the majority of students enjoy the material and flexible nature of pharmacology 2060, I hope you do too!”

– Brad Urquhart, Course Coordinator, 2007 – 2012.

Page Contributors: Meghan Bhatia

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