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PA30143: Practical medicinal and biological chemistry

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, OT 50%, PR 30%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Paper Synopsis (CW 20%)
  • Practical Reports (PR 30%)
  • Poster (OT 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims & Learning Objectives:
To introduce students to fundamental aspects of the practical procedures involved in the synthesis of biologically active small molecules. An emphasis will be upon functional group recognition and interchange, and we will also illustrate the importance of the 3-dimensional structure in medicinal and biological chemistry. To report the results of a practical investigation in poster form. After taking this Unit the student should be able to evaluate and analyse the factors involved in simple synthetic transformations of common functional groups and also compare and contrast the 3-dimensional shapes of molecules with respect to their functional groups.

The topics covered in this practical course include a systematic understanding of key aspects of structural factors that affect reactivity, functional groups and their interconversion at practical and mechanistic levels, and stereochemistry in pharmaceutical and biological molecules. Preparation and analysis of drugs and their synthetic intermediates will be carried out. Successful students will have demonstrated an ability accurately to deploy established techniques of analysis and synthesis.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA30143 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.