This unit follows on from NPU2104 Drug Discovery and Development and examines the modern approaches used to discover and design drug and to bring pharmaceutical products to market. Students will undertake studies in rational structure-based drug design (SBDD) utilizing computational chemistry techniques.

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NPU2103 - Organic Synthesis

NPU2104 - Drug Discovery and Development

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review pharmaceutical methodology for the design of new drugs;  
  2. Devise appropriate methodology for the design of new drugs;  
  3. Using a representative computational chemistry software package, construct/ model potential drug molecules in terms of their structures and properties; and  
  4. Conceptualize how pharmaceutical products are brought to market.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Selection of topic for investigation and outline of plan for article 10%
Assignment Article on topic of choice (1000 words) 20%
Project Computer-aided drug modelling including i) progress and ii) final assessment 40%
Test Short answer test based on class material and modelling experience (120mins) 30%

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