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CH5612   Natural Products, Biosynthesis and Enzyme Co-factors

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 10

ECTS credits : 5

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

The module will investigate the biosynthesis of the main natural products groups (polyketides, terpenes, alkaloids). Unifying features of their structures and biosynthesis will be described and methods for studying the biosynthesis of natural products will be taught (isotope tracer methods). The common enzyme co-factors (PLP, TPP, NADH, co-enzyme B12) will be highlighted and their mechanistic role in mediating enzymatic transformations will be explored.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass 1 module from {CH2601, CH2603} and pass at least 1 module from {CH2501, CH2701} ) or ( pass 2 modules from {CH2501, CH2701} and pass CH1601 or pass CH1202 )

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

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

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 80

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 teaching staff: Prof D O'Hagan, Prof T K Smith, Dr G J Florence