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Department of Chemistry, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

CH30185: Drug properties for natural scientists

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW20EX80
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Supplementary assessment information not currently available (this will be added shortly)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take CH20150. This unit is only available to students on MSci programmes in Natural Sciences.
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The Unit will provide an introduction to the properties of drugs and some of the key aspects of medicinal chemistry which need to be considered by chemists involved in synthesising new drug molecules.

Learning Outcomes:
After studying the Unit, students should be able to:
* identify common features of drug molecules
* manipulate data to establish biokinetic parameters
* illustrate the utility of 'log P' values and the importance of drug solubility
* describe structure/activity relationships and understand how this aids the drug discovery process.

Numeracy (F, A), Problem solving (T, F, A), Scientific writing (F, A), Independent working (F), Group working (F).

Properties of drugs described by the Lapinski rules. Introduction to biokinetics. Definition and use of log P and its relevance to bioavailability. Structure/activity relationships. Overview of successful drugs including antihistamines, antibacterial agents and agonists/antagonists of neurotransmitters.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

CH30185 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4

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