Pharmacology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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HITT-1249-001 Pharmacology


Course Description

Overview of the basic concepts of the pharmacological treatment of various diseases affecting major body systems.

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(2 sem hrs; 2 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Professions, 8th Edition

  • Ruth Woodrow
  • Bruce J. Colbert University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • David M. Smith

**You must purchase the access code


Textbook/Access Code Bundle

Computer and reliable internet access

Student Performance

After completing Part I of this course, learners should be able to:

  • Summarize major drug standards and legislation, and discuss the legal responsibilities of the health care practitioner when dispensing medications.
  • Describe the major drug classification systems, and differentiate among the various types of drug names with examples.
  • Evaluate the standard and online pharmacological references in use today.
  • Classify the sources of drugs, examine their pharmacokinetic processes, and analyze the variables that affect drug actions and effects.
  • Compare and contrast various drug forms, routes of delivery, and the supplies and techniques necessary for safe and appropriate administration.
  • Apply the principles that support the moral, ethical, and legal responsibilities of the health care practitioner
  • Identify the primary routes of poisoning and explain the procedures, therapies, and preventive measures involved in patient care and education.

After completing Part II of this course, learners should be able to demonstrate knowledge of specific medications in the major drug classifications, which may include the following:

  • Skin medications; gastrointestinal drugs; anti-infectives; analgesics; musculoskeletal drugs and anti-inflammatories; cardiovascular drugs; and respiratory system drugs and antihistamines

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

It is the responsibility of the student to officially drop or withdraw  from a course.  Failure to officially withdraw may result in the student receiving a grade of “F” in the course.  The student may obtain a withdrawal form from his academic advisor, the counseling center or from the registrar’s office.  It is also the responsibility of the student to take the drop slip to the registrar’s office in order for the student to be officially dropped from a course.  The student may withdraw from a course online.  Students are not automatically dropped from their class roles as a result on non attendance.

A student who has a problem with the course or the course instructor should make every attempt to resolve the problem with the course instructor.  If that is not successful, the student may appeal the decision of the instructor to the Program Director, the Dean of the Health Sciences Division, the Vice-President of Academic Affairs, and the President -- IN THAT ORDER.   Please refer to the current Amarillo College catalog for complete explanation of the grievance procedures.

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•    Copying from another student’s test paper.
•    Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.
•    Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test without permission from the test administrator/instructor.

•    Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an administered/unadministered test.

•    Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one’s self, to take a test.
•    Bribing another person to obtain an administered/unadministered test or information about an administered/unadministered test.

“Plagiarism” shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another’s work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one’s own written work. 

“Collusion” shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements.

Grading Criteria

Assignments: 25% Final Grade

Exams: 35% Final Grade

Final Exam: 40% Final Grade

A  =    90.0 - 100.0%             
B  =    80.0 - 89.9%                
C  =    70.0 - 79.9%                
F  =    69.9% or less   

A "D" is not possible in this course.

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**With regard to exams only, the instructor will consider only written petitions for emergency situations and undue hardships on an individual basis. The decision of the instructor to accept or reject the petition is final. The process must be initiated by the student and occur within 48 hours of the missed class period.


For successful performance, student must regularly log into the course. Student must set aside at least 16 hours a week to read chapter, view lecture, and complete assignments. There must also be time allotted for exam preparation and completion.


This is subject to change. Make sure to check for due dates within the Lessons.


Week 1: Register with Cengage   

Due Sunday Aug 29

Week 2: Ch 1 Consumer Safety and Drug Regulations

                        Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

            Ch 2 Drug Names and References

                        Did I Get It

Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Sept 5

Exam 1 over Ch. 1 & 2 Due Sept 8

Week 3: Ch 3 Sources and Bodily Effects of Drugs

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

            Ch 4 Medication Preparations and Supplies

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Sept 12

Exam 2 over Ch. 3 & 4 Due Sept 15

Week 4: Ch 7 Responsibilities and Principles of Drug Administration

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

            Ch 10 Poison Control

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Sept 19

Exam 3 over Ch. 7 & 10 Due Sept 22

Week 5: Ch 12 Skin Medications

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Sept 26

Week 6: Ch 13 ANS Drugs

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Oct 3

Exam 4 over Ch. 12 & 13 Due Oct 6

Week 7: Ch 15 Urinary System Drugs

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Oct 10

Week 8: Ch 16 GI Drugs

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Oct 17

Exam 5 over Ch. 15 & 16 Due Oct 27

Week 9: Chapter 17 Anti Infective Drugs

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Oct 31

Week 10: Chapter 19 Analgesics, Sedatives, and Hypnotics

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Nov 7

Exam 6 over Ch. 17 & 19Due Nov 10

Week 11: Chapter 20

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Nov 14

Week 12: Chapter 21& 22

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Nov 21

Exam 7 over Ch20, 21, & 22 (note 3 chapters) Due Nov 24

Week 13: Chapter 25

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Nov 28

Week 14: Chapter 26

Did I Get It

                        Putting It All Together

                        Final Test

Due Dec 5

Exam 8 over Ch 25 & 26 Due Dec 8

Week 15: Review

Week 16:Final Exam Due Thurs Dec 16

Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

07/31/21 12:42 PM

Last Edited on:

07/31/21 12:50 PM