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CH408 - Advanced Medicinal and Biological Chemistry

  • Module code: CH408
  • Module name: Advanced Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module is designed to develop student’s awareness of current problems and directions at the forefront of medicinal chemistry. They will critically evaluate selected current research in medicinal chemistry. The module is designed to encourage students to be original in the application of their knowledge to the solution of research-based problems. A range of teaching methods will be employed; including directed reading, workshops/problem classes, set exercises and student presentations. Students will be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study around the subject, which will be directed appropriately through 10 contact hours with the whole class. An office hour will be available once a week for students who require additional guidance with directed reading and student-centred learning, to discuss their problems with the module leader as individuals or in groups. Some or all of the following fields will be covered in the module, depending on availability of module tutors and the significance of recent advances in the respective fields of research. Molecular mechanisms of action of drugs targeting the ribosomal machinery, microtubules, cholesterol biosynthesis, fatty acid biosynthesis and other medically relevant targets; principles and methods of drug discovery; clinically-used drugs. Students will demonstrate their achievement of the learning outcomes by critical evaluation of recently published research from the above fields. This will be assessed by coursework involving a verbal presentation, and a written examination designed to test their ability to apply knowledge to original problems

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Demonstrate awareness and understanding of current research in the areas of medicinal chemistry outlined above. Critically evaluate recent research work in any of the fields of study described above, in light of their knowledge of organic, mechanistic and medicinal chemistry Clearly and concisely communicate the results of their evaluation both verbally and in writing. Respond to verbal questions concerning the results of their evaluation. Apply their knowledge of organic, mechanistic and medicinal chemistry to solve original problems from the areas of study. Use appropriate information technology tools to prepare presentation aids.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures 12 hrs (1 per week) Workshops 4 hrs (distributed over academic year) Bookable Contact 10 hrs (1 per week)

Departmental link

http://go.warwick.ac.uk/CH408

Other essential notes

Pre-requisites: CH269, CH3E9/CH3F3, CH3F5

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: CH408-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Presentation 20%
  1.5 hour exam (Advanced Medicinal Chemistry) 80%
VA (Visiting students only) Assessed work for Visiting/Exchange students 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with Industrial Placement) (F112) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F125) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F126) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry(with Intercalated Year) (F127) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Training (F128) - Year 4
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F105) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F106) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with Intercalated Year) (F107) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate MChem Chemistry with Industrial Training (F108) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with International Placement) (F109) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F109) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with Industrial Placement) (F110) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F110) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with International Placement) (F111) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Chemical Biology MChem with Intercalated Year (F1C1) - Year 5
  • MChem Chemical Biology (FC11) - Year 4