Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Department of Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacology, University of Auckland
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
Department of Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacology, University of Auckland

MEDSCI 719 course details

Teaching staff

General questions regarding this course should be directed to the course director (Nick Holford).

Prof Nick Holford
Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacology
Room: 503-229
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 86730
Email: n.holford@auckland.ac.nz

Dr Jacqui Hannam
Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacology
Room: 503-296
Phone: +64 9 923 2869
Email: j.hannam@auckland.ac.nz

Mr James Morse
Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacology
Email: j.morse@auckland.ac.nz
Mr Conor O'Hanlon
Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacology
Email: c.ohanlon@auckland.ac.nz
Mr Guangda Ma
Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacology
Email: g.ma@auckland.ac.nz
Ms Shreta Rayan
Group Services Administrator


  1. 50% Coursework (written reports of computer modelling assignments, oral presentation of analysis of literature data)
    Sharing of data is only appropriate for the 2 compartment beaker experiment when students work in groups.
    Computation of results from data must be performed individually and written reports created in your own words.

    Reports for each assignment are due one week after the session when the assignment is introduced. Reports should be in a Microsoft Word document. The email subject and the document file name should show the assignment number, the assignment topic and the student name e.g. "2 User defined models Nick Holford"
  2. 50% Final Exam

Examinations from previous years are available from the Examinations DataBase. Note the course code for MEDSCI 719 was previously PHARMCOL 716.

Plagiarism or failure to acknowledge quotes and sources of information is cheating.

When plagiarism is discovered no marks will be given and the incident will be reported to the University Education Committee.

Pre-examination tips

  1. Check your examination timetable. It is published on Student Services Online near the mid-semester break. You should keep checking regularly, as dates may change. You should receive an official timetable in the mail two weeks before the examinations start. Always check the actual examination timetable posted to you - do not rely on someone verbally telling you.
  2. Please read the examination instructions carefully as all information about the examinations and the regulations are written there. You will receive these in the post with your timetable.
  3. Morning examinations always start at 9.15 am and afternoon examinations at 2.15 pm unless you are sitting an examination under special conditions.
  4. All valuables should be left at home, including mobile phones, as the University cannot take responsibility for these. It is a breach of the examination regulations to have a mobile phone at your desk or on your person.
  5. You must sit the examination at the campus which appears on your timetable.

Recommended reading

  1. Bonate P.L. Pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modeling and simulation. Springer. New York, 2005
  2. Gabrielsson J, Weiner D. Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic data analysis: concepts and applications.(4th Edition) Swedish Pharmaceutical Press, Stockholm, 2006
  3. Bourne DWA. Mathematical modelling of pharmacokinetic data. Technomic, Basel, 1995
  4. Rowland M, Tozer TN. Clinical Pharmacokinetics (2nd or 3rd Edition), Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, 1995
  5. Schoenwald RD. Pharmacokinetics in drug discovery and development. CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2002

Computing resources

Modelling assignments will use the computers in the Multidisciplinary Computing Laboratory and may also access other computers on campus from the Computing Lab machines. Students are expected to have access to the UOA domain.

Late submission of work/penalties

To apply for an extension, students need to contact the Course Coordinator and supply documentation (e.g. doctor’s certificate/collaborating note from a counsellor) before the due date.  Please note that your application is a request only and it should not be assumed that an extension will be granted. Retrospective approval for an extension will be given only in exceptional circumstances. 

Except where the Course Coordinator has authorised an extension of time for the submission of student work, work handed in after the deadline will incur a late penalty of 5% for each 12-hour period (or part thereof) that the assessment is overdue.  This applies to all written work, including but not limited to lab reports, essays, seminar papers / presentations, assignments, posters, etc. Submission of written work is only complete when an electronic copy has been submitted through the appropriate platform (e.g. Turnitin or Canvas). Please retain your submission confirmation e-receipt / take a time stamped screenshot as evidence of timely submission.  

Aegrotat or compassionate consideration for coursework

If you believe illness, injury or personal misfortune has affected the quality of your submitted work, you can apply for aegrotat or compassionate consideration

Inclusive Teaching and Teaching Students with Impairments

Guidelines on Inclusive Teaching and Teaching Students with Impairments include the words:

“Students are asked to discuss privately any impairment related requirements face –to-face and/or in written form with course convenor, lecturer or tutor.”

Please contact Nick Holford (course co-ordinator) if you have any impairment related requirements.


Course details are also maintained on Canvas. Please make sure you are able to log on to Canvas. Class announcements will be made using Canvas.