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PHAR1101 Notes (Lectures + eTutes)

Comprehensive notes from all lectures and e-tutes. Got a perfect score on all quizzes and an overall...

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PHAR1101 eTute Notes for Exam (S2-2020)

This notes includes color coded tables for the necessary information on key drugs from eTutes 1-6, w...

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PHAR1101 eTute Notes

Compilation of eTute 1-8 Notes. Good revision for the weekly tests. Received HD in semester 2, 2016.

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Pharmacology: Drugs that Changed the World

In depth, detailed lecture notes for every lecture (lectures 2-16). All the information you need to...

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e-Tute 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 & 8 Notes

Notes that summarise all 8 of the e-tutes in fine detail.

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One of the best units. 2 lectures per week. The unit structure has changed from previous years so it's easier to get HD. There are 3 tests in total and an exam which are all multiple choice. Practise tests are released a week before the actual tests and are very similar to the actual tests. You can almost guess the type of questions they are going to ask if you look at the questions in practice tests. The same goes for the exam as well. The tests are spaced out so by exam time, you have learnt most of the content.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2021

The worst unit I've taken. The content is reasonably interesting but there is way too much. It's literally just a memory game. This unit took up majority of my study time and was absolutely not worth it. It is also not an easy D or HD. The unit coordinators are passionate about what they teach but genuinely don't care whether you pass or fail.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2021

This unit is really interesting but sooo much history is assessed, more so than any science aspects. People say it was an easy HD but unless you're more history-oriented than science (like me(which was why i picked the unit)) it will suck. All the assessments are multiple choice but they still suck. Also they aren't super accomodating to issues in your schedule e.g. I asked if I could do a test online at a different time because I had work and the UC told me to "pick a different unit because this one clearly isn't for me" Overall, very interesting but unless you are good with memorising and relaying dates and history it is not worth your time, and is definitely not an easy HD.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2021

This was a really easy unit which I maybe put less than 40 hours of effort in during the entire semester. (including watching the lectures). The coordinators are very knowledgeable and passionate and with consideration of the others reviews that was posted last year, it seems they have made this unit much better? The exam was simple and straightforward and the two tests I did was genuinely an easy HD. The third test was the easiest by far, with almost 20 people getting a 100%. If you enjoy science and you don't mind history, do this unit. (There was pretty much no dates in the exam)

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2021

The lecturers show you in the exam prep lecture how everyone did the previous year. Around half the students who do this unit get a D or HD. Yes you have to do a small bit of work for it, but it's not that hard if you do the practice questions and review the lecture slides. Do the assessments and you should be fine because the marks are cumulative and you don't need to pass the exam to pass the unit. A bunch of students fail because they never turn up to anything or do any assessments, but everyone else I know did okay and some did really well. Cool if you want to do more pharmacology or pharmacy but also quite cool if you just want to know more about what you're putting in your body and where it came from. The lectures range from weird to really good. You will definitely remember stuff from this unit later on!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

Whilst I have to agree that this unit was not an easy HD this semester (I barely scraped an HD and got 82), I have to admit that a huge advantage is that most of the test/exam questions were the exact same as the practice questions provided in the weekly revision workbooks/eTutes. Hence, if you take this unit, an HD is possible and I would advise you to simply repeat the practice questions multiple times until you can memorise all of their answers. However, if you don't like this method then this unit is not for you. A bonus to this unit is that the unit coordinators Philippa and Ricky were really nice and responsive. Most of the lecturers were also clear and competent in what they taught to us. A huge shoutout to Phil, he was my favourite lecturer and really made the unit engaging and fun to learn. Hence this unit was definitely NOT AN EASY HD contrary to reviews from previous years, but an HD is doable if you put in the work.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

I enjoyed studying this unit and I have definitely become much more knowledgeable now in terms of how drugs work in the body. I've learned the importance of the pharmaceutical industry and appreciate the effort and innovation in this field. The content is amazing as you will be studying things like steroid, contraceptive pills, antipsychotics drugs, penicillin, anaesthetics, cancer, alcohol, virus etc. The lectures are being taught by several lecturers and most of them are great! The unit coordinators, Philippa and Ricky are both awesome. Students' questions are usually answered within the same day and you will receive constant emails from them reminding you about the tests, important dates, additional information, mistakes they made in test/slides and etc. Everything is clear and transparent. The downside to this unit is a small portion of lectures/etudes are downright boring. Some are full of statistics and numbers that you have to remember for the test/exams. Besides the weekly lectures (x 2 topics), you need to study 6 etudes in total and the last couple of them are pretty long and dry. Each etude consists of a number of drugs with names that are hard to remember. Not only that, you are expected to remember other details like the discoverer(s), stories behind the discovery, the usages, properties, years, companies that developed them, the drugs' generic names, their brand names and chemical classes etc. This is also true for the lectures so you have to develop some ways of remembering things. Besides, there is also the drug discovery pioneer assessment (20%) where you have to study about 5 journal papers and learn everything about the scientist and drug combo of your choice. I find it pretty interesting and the assessment wasn't too hard in my opinion. The exam though was trickier than I had imagined. Many questions are history related and not as straight forward. For example, "Name the drug that was discovered by xxx during this period and was used by 50 million people." It would have been easier if it's "Name the drug that is used to cure acid reflux". I got 91 as my final mark. This is the unit that I spent the most time studying yet not scoring as well as my other units. Would I do it again if I had a choice? Yes, because it's very well organised, no group work, no presentation/assignment, everything is online (lectures/etude), all the tests/assessment/exam are multiple choice, the practice questions at the end of each lecture is highly resemblance of the tests, Philippa is lovely and I learned a lot (this is one of the rare units where I will treasure the knowledge gained from it). Having said that, it is by no means an easy HD and it can be pretty time consuming unless you have photographic memory. Good luck everyone! :)

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

Like other 2020 reviews have stated, this unit is much more history than science, and you have to be thorough with lectures because literally any detail, name, date, etc. can crop up as a question. But the lectures are still interesting and the unit coordinators are so lovely. HD is doable but not what I'd call easy.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

If you look at the reviews earlier than 2020, it may seem that this unit is an easy HD. WRONG. It used to be but it has now changed. It actually used to be open book tests thats why the earlier comments are saying how easy it is. Oh no this unit is not easy. Well the content is easy nothing is that hard to understand. But the questions asked are a literal joke. The exam was ridiculous, one of the questions was 'What is the name of the drug in 1960 made by Beecham Pharmaceuticals'. I took this unit to learn about drugs, pharmacy and because I enjoy history. This unit is actually about memorisation, if you have a photographic memory then you should definitely take this unit. I memorised the drugs as to what each drug did in the human body, that was wrong, barely any of the exam questions were about that, instead they were about who and when and given there were 56 drugs that could have been assessed, little bit tricky to memorise it all, especially when it was only worth 30% of the exam. Absolutely lovely unit coordinators, thats why I feel bad that myself and the other 2020 reviewers have to give a bad review.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

DO NOT get baited into thinking this is an easy HD. IT IS NOT!!! Little to no mention of drug action and pharmacy content within the lectures. Tutorials were interesting but very specific content from these etutes were actually assessed in the exam. This is more of a history unit than a pharmacy one. If you enjoyed history and hated chemistry in high school, then I would DEFINITELY recommend this unit.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020