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Undergraduate Course: Chemical Medicine Level 11 (CHEM11044)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaChemistry Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionA course of lectures and a workshop covering applications of chemistry in medicine, with emphasis on pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. The course will engender an appreciation of the importance of structure-activity relationships in modern day drug design and development, cover the design and synthesis of diverse compound libraries, compare rational design vs high throughput screening as routes to drug leads, show how a knowledge of modes and mechanisms of action allows screening and elaboration of leads, engender appreciation of how chemists contribute new molecular entities with applications in diagnostics, drug delivery, biomaterials and tissue engineering.

Either the Level 10 or Level 11 version of this course version of this course (as specified in the degree programme tables) is a compulsory requirement for Year 4/5 students on degrees in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, but can be taken by Year 4/5 students on any Chemistry degree programme.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005) AND Chemistry 3B (CHEM09006) AND Chemistry 3P Practical and Transferable Skills (CHEM09007)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Chemical Medicine Level 10 (CHEM10052)
Other requirements Must include a weighted average of Grade C or higher in all Chemistry 3 courses AND a weighted average of Grade D or higher in Chemistry 3A and Chemistry 3B, at the first attempt and Mathematics qualifications of at least 20 credits to level Applicable Mathematics 1 and Mathematical Methods 1; or with the permission of Head of School.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
- show an understanding of how the physicochemical properties of drugs relate to their biological properties
- appreciate how the field of chemical biology has impacted the discovery of new therapeutics in terms of enhanced understanding of protein-ligand interactions, new approaches to lead discovery and new methods for drug delivery
- understand how the use of chemoinformatics, virtual screening and docking can impact upon drug design
- describe the biomedical periodic table and the uses of metals in medicine
- describe common routes of administration of drugs and drug delivery systems
- describe common metabolic pathways and how they may be exploited in the design of drugs, prodrugs and soft drugs
- show understanding of rational approaches towards the design of important drugs and the biological implications of such therapeutic agents including the use of enzymes to inhibit protein processing as a concept for the design of new pharmaceuticals

Learning outcomes specific to attainment of a pass at Level 11 include:
- ability to integrate all, or most, of the main areas of the course
- development of original and creative responses to problems and issues within the course
- application of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues at the forefront of the subject area
Assessment Information
One 3 hour exam
Special Arrangements
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KeywordsCM (L11)
Course organiserDr Alison Hulme
Tel: (0131 6)50 4711
Course secretaryMs Anne Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 4754
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