Computer-simulated pharmacology experiments for undergraduate pharmacy students: Experience from an Australian university

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Abstract

Objective: To assess students' views on computer-simulated pharmacology experiments. Methods: A questionnaire survey was conducted in 85 undergraduate pharmacy students who completed seven computer-simulated pharmacology experiments. Students' opinions on the objectives, effectiveness and utility of these simulated experiments were analyzed. Result: Almost all respondents (98.7 percent) indicated that they achieved their learning objectives and enhanced understanding and confidence of the subject after the simulated experiments. All respondents (100 percent) preferred computer simulations to live animal experiments for pharmacology practical lessons, and would recommend this type of learning to other students. Provision of instruction sheets with detailed learning objectives and specific working tasks was found to facilitate students' performance with these simulations. Conclusion: Undergraduate pharmacy students find computer-simulated pharmacology experiments to be an effective alternative to live animal experiments since it assists them in achieving their learning objectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-282
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Pharmacology
Volume33
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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