2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CHEM3146 Medicinal Chemistry
10 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Dr Martin McPhillie
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsLevel 2 in Chemistry or Medicinal Chemistry or Level 2 in Joint Honours (Science) with Chemistry or equivalent or Level 2 in MNatSci, BSc Natural Sciences.
For MSc candidates, undergraduate BSc level degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related subject.
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Module replacesCHEM3145 The Medicinal Chemistry of Drug Development
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThe module will serve as an introduction to medicinal chemistry and enable students to understand key aspects of drug discovery and development. We will cover the traditional medicinal chemistry processes of lead optimisation through to the filing of a marketable drug. We will use case studies in the area of anti-infective drug discovery to highlight the holistic nature of medicinal chemistry. The module is assessed via an exam (85%) and one piece of coursework (15%). Students will work independently to research and understand an aspect of anti-infective drug discovery, and to communicate their finding effectively via a written report.
ObjectivesThe objective of this module is to provide students with exposure to the key aspects of the drug development process, using examples from the pharmaceutical industry.
These key aspects include:
(a) an understanding of the medicinal chemistry processes required to optimise a drug candidate
(b) how a drug candidate progresses through late-lead optimisation to clinical trials
(c) a knowledge of anti-infective drug discovery with case studies from the pharmaceutical industry and academia.
On completion of this module, students should:
(1) be familiar with the drug discovery and development process, including preclinical development and clinical trials.
(2) be able to understand the pharmacokinetic and metabolic aspects of drug development and apply knowledge to unseen examples.
(3) be able to explain the process of multi-parameter lead optimisation and apply to unseen examples.
(4) be familiar with the field of anti-infective drug discovery.
(5) be able to work independently to research, understand and communicate aspects of anti-infective drug discovery.
Researching primary literature relating to medicinal chemistry
Unit 1: Traditional medicinal chemistry (Design-Make-Test cycles, classic reactions)
Unit 2: Metabolism (Phase I and II processes, AO metabolism, blocking strategies)
Unit 3: Multiparameter lead optimisation (‘traffic-light’ systems, selection criteria, balancing physicochemical properties)
Unit 4: Translation from late-lead to marketable drug (preclinical development, Phase I, II and III clinical trials, new drug approval)
Unit 5: An introduction to antiviral drug discovery
Unit 6: An introduction to antibiotic drug discovery
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Coursework Discussion Session||1||1.00||1.00|
|Independent online learning hours||25.00|
|Private study hours||66.00|
|Total Contact hours||9.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study15 hours – preparing the report
31 hours – reading, independent study and preparation for workshops
20 hours - preparation for examination
Opportunities for Formative Feedback1 x sessions to outline and advise on written work
5 x workshops throughout the module
2 x Minerva MCQs
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Report||Written Report, 2 pages of A4||15.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||15.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Open Book exam||2 hr||85.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||85.00|
Will be replaced by an OTLA if necessary.
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 10/08/2021
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