This unit of study will provide an introduction to the concepts required for the study of Pharmacy and integrate knowledge from the various sub-disciplines within the Pharmaceutical Sciences. Topics studied include sterilisation methods, chemical antimicrobial agents, cleanroom technology, physicochemical/molecular properties underlying drug action, drug metabolism, bioactivation and inactivation, identification of drugs and their metabolites, and toxicology. These concepts will be further explored in workshop formats.
2 x lec/week
2 x 1.5hr exams (60%), microbiology labs and workshops (10%), drug molecular properties workshops (10%), metabolism workshops (10%), toxicology workshops (10%)
Denyer SP, Hodges NA and Gorman SP. Hugo and Russell's Pharmaceutical Microbiology, 7th edition, Blackwell, 2004. D.A. Williams and T.L. Lemke eds. Foye's Principles of Medicinal Chemistry, 5th edition, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2002. Wallwork, S.C. and Grant, D.J.W. Physical Chemistry for students of Pharmacy and Biology, 3rd edition, New York: Longman, 1977. Casarett and Doull's toxicology: the basic science of poisons. 6th edition, 2001. D.G. Watson. Pharmaceutical Analysis, 2nd edition, Churchill-Livingstone, 2005.
6 credit points of Human Biology, 6 credit points of Biochemistry, 12 credit points of Chemistry. Students who have not completed up to 12 credit points of pre-requisite subjects are strongly advised to take the corresponding Bridging Course offered in February or July or as a distance course at other times of the year.