PHAR 2009


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

Course aim

To apply prior knowledge of drug discovery in the critical evaluation of the major phases of the drug development process and be able to discuss strengths and weaknesses of a new drug program.

Course content

Assessing drug safety, Investigational New Drug (IND) application, and the design and evaluation of ‘first time in man’ studies; clinical imaging for drug development; formulating medicines for clinical development; Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP); overview of the aims and objectives of Phase 1, 2 and 3 of drug development; factors leading to continuance or discontinuance of drug development at each phase; incorporating preclinical knowledge; evaluating the pharmacokinetics, clinical effectiveness and safety of new drugs during Phase 1-3; measuring clinical benefit and the use of surrogate markers of drug efficacy and safety; regulation of phase 1-3 studies and ethical requirements; obligations of a sponsor; the costs of drug development.


Raymond G. Hill and Duncan B. Richards 2020, Drug Discovery and Development: Technology in Transition, Current edition, Churchill Livingstone (Elsevier)


Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
PHAR 2010 Drug Discovery



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 1 hour x 13 weeks
Tutorial 2 hours x 13 weeks
Workshop 1 hour x 13 weeks
Practical 3 hours x 3 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Presentation, Report, Skills demonstration, Test/Quiz


EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Course Coordinators

UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

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