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CH3716   Quantitative Aspects of Medicinal Chemistry

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 10

ECTS credits : 5

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

The aim of the module is to cover some of the quantitative aspects of Medicinal Chemistry and drug design. Initially some relevant fundamental thermodynamics will be discussed. The thermodynamics of the drug receptor interactions will then be covered along with other aspects of pharmacology. The pharmacokinetic phase of drug action will be described including the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination (ADME) of drugs. The use of computational chemistry in the modern drug design process will then be discussed, covering force field calculations, molecular docking, QSAR and virtual screening.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass 2 modules from {CH2501, CH2601, CH2701}

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take CH3717

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 - 3 lectures per week over 9 - 10 weeks within Weeks 1-11 and 2 - 3 tutorials in total.

Scheduled learning hours: 18

Guided independent study hours: 82

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr T Van Mourik
Module teaching staff: Dr T van Mourik, Prof N J Westwood, tba