GEST1017 / GEST021 – Modern Drug Discovery: Drugs and Health
|Suggested Year of Study:||Any|
|Medium of Instruction||English|
How many drug pills and tablets do you take in your lifetime? What’s the role of drugs in human society and today’s health care system? What separate drugs from food and toxins? How long does it take to find a new drug and why some drugs are so expensive? If you have ever had one of these questions, then consider taking this GE course. The course aims to enhance understanding and appreciation of the important and multifaceted roles that drugs play in our daily life. No previous background in pharmaceutical or life sciences is required.
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
- Students will be able to describe the essential information about how drugs affect our daily life.
- Students will be able to list the basic principles behind discovery and development of drugs and medicines.
- Students will be able to describe drug-related professions and the regulatory processes involved with releasing a drug into the markets.
- Students will be able to explain the differences between modern drugs, complementary medicines, and health supplements.
- Students will be able to explain drug treatment options for a few common diseases.
- Students will be able to list the major aspects of recreational drug use and abuse.
- Students will be able to describe the internal structure of a modern pharmaceutical plant and how it operates.