Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

BIOL 1070: Introduction to Pharmacology

Credits - 3


The course introduces the basic concepts of pharmacology and drug usage for allied health professions. It introduces students to the fundamentals of pharmacology, examining the effects of drugs on the human body systems and the effects of those biological systems on drugs. It explores disorders associated with various body systems and the drugs used for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of those disorders. The course topics are presented through readings, instructor led video lessons and an assortment of interactive activities including discussion forums. Students will be assessed throughout the course with worksheets, quizzes and case studies, as well as both a cumulative midterm and final exam.



Stringer, J. L. (2017). Basic Concepts in Pharmacology: What You Need to Know for Each Drug Class (5th ed.). McGraw-Hill.

Brenner, G. M., & Stevens, C. (2023). Brenner and Stevens Pharmacology (6th ed.). Elsevier.

  • Both textbooks are available as free ebooks through the UNE Library.


UNE-compliant webcam – To be used during proctored exams

Digital Resources

Kahoot: Kahoot is a fun and engaging online gaming platform that gives you an opportunity to engage in virtual study group review sessions. Offered as an optional review each week, there will be a Kahoot game scheduled. You will need an account to access the weekly review.

  1. Open a browser window and navigate to the Kahoot site [] , and select “Sign up for free.” 
  2. On the next page, select “Student,” and then complete the required information.
  3. Once you have an account, you may choose to download the Kahoot app for Android and iOS devices.

Each week you will receive a Kahoot PIN and quiz ID

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Program Outcomes

In lecture courses, students should be able to:

  • Communicate scientific concepts and information clearly.
  • Illustrate fundamental laws, theories, and principles of scientific disciplines.
  • Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to scientific problems.

Course Objectives

Students will:

  1. Analyze the fundamentals of pharmacology
  2. Identify and discuss the pharmacokinetic process
  3. Examine the effects of drugs on human anatomy and physiology
  4. Explain the pharmacological benefits and risks of drug therapy
  5. Identify commonly used drugs by trade names, generic names, and primary classification
  6. Apply basic concepts of drug dosing


On the course start date, students will have access to orientation. This must be completed to be able to gain access to the first module in the course. Students must complete the first module to gain access to the next one. We recommend that students spend about 15 hours per week to complete a course in 16 weeks. When trying to complete the course in less than 16 weeks, we typically see students do this successfully within 12-14 weeks. Instructors will be timely in grading and feedback, but it will not be instant.


Mini Projects (2)

Mini projects are used to expose students to a broad range of resources on the course subject matter. Medications are a part of our daily lives and this assignment will help you explore them. Using the 2020 Top 100 Drug List provided, you will create your own study aid for the top 100 drugs to use to study for your medication list quizzes. The goal is to be creative as well as useful. Some suggestions include manually creating flashcards using colored index cards for each medication quiz list or creating a digital study aid using Quizlet or other digital study aids, for example.  In the Drug Ad assignment you will explore how we are exposed to  pharmacology in our  everyday lives. We will do this by identifying and analyzing drug advertisements. This may include advertising on the television, online, in newspapers or magazines, on billboards, or the radio.

Quizzes (6)

Medication quizzes (4) will consist of questions on the brand name, generic name, and primary drug classification.Top 100 drugs questions may also be included on weekly review quizzes, the midterm exam, and the proctored final exam. Therefore, it is suggested that you divide your study guide into 4 sets of 25 drugs each to study and prepare for medication list quizzes as follows: Drug number 1-25 is Medication quiz list 1 Drug number 26-50 is Medication quiz list 2 Drug number 51-75 is Medication quiz list 3 Drug number 76-100 is Medication quiz list 4. Medication quizzes are closed book/notes and no resources are allowed for the quiz.

Lesson review quizzes (2)  will assess your understanding of all course content covered at various points throughout the course. You will have 45 minutes to complete the quiz once started. You will not be able to go back to change answers once submitted. The quiz will automatically submit at the end of the allotted time. Review quizzes are closed book/notes and no resources are allowed for the quiz.

Case Studies (2)

Case studies will require you to research a particular subject matter to effectively and accurately answer the questions regarding each patient’s case. The respiratory case study and GI case study essay questions will assess your critical thinking skills. Assessment and grading will also take into account college level writing skills, neatness, and whether or not assignments are submitted on time. Citations are not required for case studies unless you are directly quoting text from a source.

Discussion Board Participation (4)

Discussion forum participation is mandatory. The goal of the discussion board is to provide opportunities to interact with your fellow students in an engaging and informative platform throughout an online course. There are a total of four throughout the course. For credit to be awarded, discussion board posts must consist of your answer to the forum subject or scenario and a minimum of two comments to other student’s posts. Grading is all or nothing.


Projects are used to assess students research and critical thinking skills. This video project will provide students the opportunity for a fun, creative, and engaging opportunity to explore the importance of learning and maintaining knowledge of pharmacology for work in health care careers. To complete the assignment you must select one of the 3 options provided and complete and submit a video presentation.

Exams (2 Proctored)

The midterm exam will be used to assess understanding and retention of the course content covered in the first half of the course. This exam will be proctored. Students will have to register with the proctoring service to schedule the exam. The exam will be 50 questions, timed, with one hour to complete it. The exam is closed book/notes and no resources are allowed to be used during the exam.

The final exam will be used to assess understanding and retention of all course content covered presented throughout the entire course. This exam will  also be proctored. Students will have to use their account with the proctoring service to schedule the exam. The exam will be 100 questions, timed, with one hour to complete it. The exam is closed book/notes and no resources are allowed to be used during the exam.

Both exams must be taken through ProctorU. See UNE’s ProctorU page for information about signing up and scheduling your exam. The official UNE webcam is required. 

Proctored exams are closed for review. You will not be able to review them at any time. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Practice Proctored Exam

There is a highly recommended Practice Proctored Exam available to all students. The first attempt is free. This exam does not cover course material and is not included in your overall course grade. It prepares test takers for what the testing environment will be like, what forms of identification are needed, and provides a chance to test your external webcam with a live proctor. This is a great way to become familiar with and prepare for your exam!

Grading Policy

Your grade in this course will be determined by the following criteria:

Grade Breakdown

Assignment CategoryGradePercentage of Final Grade
Mini Projects160 points16%
Quizzes6 @ 50 points each30%
Case Studies 2 @ 50 points each10%
Discussions4 @ 10 points each4%
Video Project100 points10%
Exams300 points30%
Total 1000 points100%

Grade Scale

Grade Points Grade Point Average (GPA)
A 94 – 100% 4.00
A- 90 – 93% 3.75
B+ 87 – 89% 3.50
B 84 – 86% 3.00
B- 80 – 83% 2.75
C+ 77 – 79% 2.50
C 74 – 76% 2.00
C- 70 – 73% 1.75
D 64 – 69% 1.00
F 00 – 63% 0.00







Overview of Pharmacology

PP part 1 and part 2

Ch 1&4 Brenner

Discussion Board 1

Study Aid Project

Pharmacology Pioneers Practice Activity

Drug approval video

Kahoot game


Pharmacokinetic Process

Ch 2-5 Stinger

Ch 2-2 Brenner

ROA Worksheet

Medication List 1 (1-25)

Pharmacokinetic Video

Agonist/Antagonist Video

Drug delivery by indication review worksheet

Kahoot game


Anatomy and Physiology Review

A&P PP presentation

Ch 1 Openstax A&P

3D Videos

A&P Quizlet Practice Activity 

Drug Ad Assignment

Kahoot game


A&P and Drug Therapy

PP Anatomical Drug Classification 

Ch 2-3 Openstax A&P

Continue 3D Videos

Continue A&P Quizlet

Practice Activity

Kahoot Game

Medication Quiz 1


Cardiovascular Drug Therapy

CV lecture video

Ch 11-15 Stinger

Ch 10-15 Brenner

CV videos

DIscussion Board 2

Review Quiz 1

Medication list 2

Kahoot game


Topical Drug Therapy

Integumentary Lecture VIdeo

Ch 60-61 Harrison’s MoM

Topical Drug Practice Activity

Kahoot game


Musculoskeletal Drug Therapy

Musculoskeletal Lecture Video

Ch 43-44 Stringer

Ch 29 and 30 Brenner

Pain Killers Video

Midterm Review

DMARDS Practice Activity

Medication quiz 2


CNS Drug Therapy

Read topic summary

Ch 16-20 Stringer

Ch 16-20 Brenne

Neurology videos

Medication list 3

Midterm Exam

Career Video Project


The Immune System and Antibiotic Drug Therapy

Immune System Lecture Video Pt 1

Ch 25-34 Stringer

Ch 37-44 Brenner

Bacterial resistance video

Discussion Board 3

Antibiotic Practice Activity 

Kahoot game


Antifungal Drugs, Antiviral Drugs and Antiretroviral Drugs

Immune System Lecture Video Pt 2

Ch 25-34 Stringer

Ch 37-44 Brenner

CDC Vaccines by Age

Medication quiz 3

Antiviral Practice Activity 

Kahoot game


Renal And Respiratory Drug Therapy

Renal/Respiratory Lecture Video

Ch 40-41 Stringer

Ch 26-27 Brenner

Asthma inhaler videos

Renal/Respiratory Practice Activities

Respiratory Case study

Kahoot game


Reproductive and Gastrointestinal Drug Therapy

Reproductive/GI lecture video

Ch 37 and 42 Stringer

Ch 28 and 34 Brenner

Sildenafil video

Medication list 4

PPI vs H2 Blocker Quizlet

Review quiz 2

GI Case study essay 

Kahoot game


Endocrine and Diabetes Drug Therapy

Endocrine lecture video

Ch 36-39 and Ch 45 Stinger

Ch 31-36 Brenner

Diabetes Practice Activities

Kahoot game


Opioids Biologics, Anesthetics and Cancer

Multisystem Lecture Video

Ch 21-24, 35 and 46 Stringer

Ch  21-25 and 45 Brenner 

MAb video

Anti-cancer drug resistance video 

Discussion Board 4

Medication quiz 4

MAbs Practice Activity

Kahoot game


Pharmacology Essentials

Pharmacology Essentials Lecture Video

Final Exam Review

Calculations Practice Activities


Course Wrap Up

Review all previous reading and resources

Final Exam

Student Resources

Online Student Support

Your Student Support Specialist is a resource for you - they will monitor course progression and provide assistance or guidance when needed. Please don’t hesitate to contact them for assistance, including, but not limited to course planning, course materials, billing, current problems or issues in a course, technology concerns, or personal emergencies.

Questions? Visit the Student Support Science Prerequisites page

Instructor and Support Contact Information

Check Brightspace for specific instructor and support specialist contact information.

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge Discussion Board is a designated support forum in which students may engage with each other and grapple with course content. Feel free to post questions, seek clarification, and support each other, but be mindful of UNE's Academic Integrity Policy.

Your instructor will monitor this forum. However, if you are seeking specific and timely answers to questions about course content or your personal grades, please contact your instructor via course messages. For questions about course materials, program policy, and how to navigate and proceed through the course, please contact your Student Service Advisor through the Student Portal.


Proctored Examinations

The University of New England has contracted with ProctorU to provide students with the most convenient online exam proctoring system. This system provides a simple, no cost to the student, secure, online proctor for exams and allows the student to take all the exams at home and on their own schedule.

Upon enrollment into the course, each student will register with ProctorU and establish a login name and password. This will give the student access to all of ProctorU's services. When ready, students will schedule each of their proctored exams with ProctorU. Exams must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance to avoid fees. Prior to taking their exams, students must be sure that they have downloaded any required additional software. They must also be sure their testing site's connection meets the minimum requirements by using ProctorU's "Test It Out" utility.

Upon the exam day and hour, students will log in to ProctorU and click on "exams". After following the procedures outlined at ProctorU's website, the student will log in to Brightspace and locate their correct exam. The proctor will then allow student access to that exam.

Students must use ProctorU and must follow all proctoring requirements for their exams to be credited. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Course Discussions

Discussion topics cover events or materials related to this course that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. Each discussion topic may require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials, visit a specific webpage, AND/OR view a short video before writing a response following the specific guidelines in the discussion topic prompt.

To earn full credit you will need to post a response to the discussion topic, respond to the original posts of other students, and then contribute meaningfully to an ongoing discussion. You may need to post your initial response before you will see any posts from your classmates. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.

Please see Brightspace for a full description, along with specific guidelines, for each discussion topic. Discussion board assignments should be completed, along with all other assignments in the course, in the order that they appear. Due to the course design, you may be unable to take a proctored exam if you do not complete all assignments that appear prior to that exam.

Please also refer to the Grading Policy/Grade Breakdown section of the syllabus to learn the percentage of your grade that each discussion is worth.

Technology Requirements

Please review the technical requirements for UNE Online Programs: Technical Requirements

Course Length

A schedule of lectures and assignments is included in this syllabus. This is, however a self-paced course and you can complete the course in less time.

  1. Courses in the SPHP program are equivalent to one-semester courses designed to be completed in 16 weeks
  2. Enrollment in the course begins the day your section opens which is listed in the Academic Calendar found on the Student Success Portal.
  3. Course start and end dates are in respect to Eastern Time.

Withdrawal and Refund Policies

Please visit the enrollment page to review the withdrawal and refund policies.

Grade Policy

Students are expected to attempt and complete all graded assignments and proctored exams by the end date of the course. View the incomplete grade policy..


Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, only the student may request official transcripts. This may be done online by going to the University of New England Registrar website and following the directions on the page.

To view your unofficial UNE student transcript:

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  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Academic Transcript

To request your official UNE student transcript:

Please review your Unofficial Transcript prior to requesting an Official Transcript.

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  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Request Printed/Official Transcript
  5. Follow the prompts

After you click Submit Request, your official transcript will be put into the queue to be printed in the Registrar's Office.

Academic Integrity

The University of New England values academic integrity in all aspects of the educational experience. Academic dishonesty in any form undermines this standard and devalues the original contributions of others. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to actively uphold the integrity of the academy; failure to act, for any reason, is not acceptable.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information.
  2. Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers or reports.
  3. Action which destroys or alters the work of another student.
  4. Multiple submission of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without permission of each instructor.
  5. Plagiarism, the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one's own.

Charges of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Program Director. Penalties for students found responsible for violations may depend upon the seriousness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation involved, and/or the student’s previous record of violations. Appeal of a decision may be made to the Dean whose decision will be final. Student appeals will take place through the grievance process outlined in the student handbook.