n.BA.BT.Pha.22HS (Pharmacology) 
Module: Pharmacology
This information was generated on: 16 June 2024


Version: 1.0 start 01 August 2022


Study Programme Biotechnology
Regulations Applicable RPO, 29 January 2008, School of Life Sciences and Facility Management Academic Regulations, 15 Dec. 2009, Annex for the Bachelor of Biotechnology degree programme
Module Type  
X Compulsory Module    Elective Module    Optional Module
Planned Semester 3rd Semester
Module Coordinator Steffi Lehmann
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 50 64 / steffi.lehmann@zhaw.ch
Steffi Lehmann, Andreas Lardos
Entrance Requirements Fundamentals of Biology, Fundamentals of Chemistry (Biochemistry)
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will be able to
  • explain how drugs and/or foreign substances interact with organisms.
  • describe the processes of pharmacokinetics in detail and explain their relevance for pharmacotherapy.
  • explain how drugs interact, and with what kind of receptors; they will be able to describe, giving concrete examples, how drugs can influence cellular signal transduction cascades via receptor binding
  • name different drugs and explain their therapeutic effect for pain therapy, tumour therapy, as well as the treatment of metabolic diseases and of infections.
Module Content Pharmacology studies the effects of a drug on the organism, which are the result of numerous, usually very complex, physiological processes. Processes such as the absorption, distribution, metabolisation and excretion of drugs in the body play a central role and are analysed in pharmacokinetics, a branch of pharmacology. Furthermore, the effect of drugs is determined by interaction with their receptors and their mechanism of action, which are described in pharmacodynamics. After an introduction to the principles of general pharmacology (pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics), the second part of this course deals with organ and function-related active substances or groups of active substances.
  • What is pharmacology: General introduction, history of pharmacology, what is an active substance
  • How do drugs work I: Target proteins, receptor-WS interaction, dose-response curves, agonists and antagonists
  • How do drugs work II: Types of receptor proteins and signal transduction cascades controlled by these
  • Biopharmaceuticals: Proteins, oligonucleotides, cells as active agents (monoclonal antibodies, cell therapy, gene therapy) incl. examples of therapeutic applications
  • Herbal medicinal products / phytotherapy
  • Pharmacokinetics I: ADME processes
  • Pharmacokinetics II: Compartment model
  • Methods in pharmacology - bioassays, animal models, clinical studies I and II
Examples of indication-specific pharmacology:
  • Pain therapy: Analgesics
  • Treatment of infectious diseases: Antibiotics
  • Tumour therapy: Anti-tumour WS
  • Treatment of metabolic diseases (diabetes)
Follow-up Modules Toxicology and Ecotoxicology, Immunology, Pharmaceutical Technology Minor, Medicinal Chemistry Minor and Active Ingredients
Methods of Instruction  Lectures, short tasks, workshop
Digital Resources Moodle
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 28
 Guided Self-Study -
 Independent Self-Study 32
 Total Workload 60
Classroom Attendance No
Written exam at the end of the semester 100%
If there is a low number of participants, the lecturer may change the form of a repeat examination after consultation with the head of the study programme: e.g. an oral examination can be used to replace a written one. Please report any changes to the form of examinations by e-mail to pruefungsadmin.lsfm@zhaw.ch and Cc. Head of study programme.
Language of Instruction  German
Comments Publication: Rang and Dale's Pharmacology; Graefe, Lutz, Bönis «Pharmakologie und Toxikologie»


Course: Pharmacology


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 16 June 2024.