MOLECULAR BASES OF DRUG ACTION
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student is expected to acquire, by attending lessons and through individual study, the following competences.
Knowledge and understanding: the student should demonstrate to know the physico-chemical bases which underlie the drug's action and to understand how small chemical modifications over a common scaffold result into corresponding variations in the biological activity.
Applying knowledge and understanding: the student should demonstrte to be able to make use of his/her knowledge, ability of analysis and understanding of the structure-activity relationship for series of drugs ro reach personal interpretation criteria.
Furthrmore, attending the lessons has the objective to increase the 'making judgment' ability and to increase the communication skills.
Making Judgment: the student should be able to interact with the topics and themes proposed by the teacher and be able to make autonomous judgments.
Communication skills: the student should be able to communicate in a clear and critical form the results of his/her individual elaboration, thus demonstrating the appropriate knowledge of the topics covered in the course.
The student will be requested to have knowledge and understanding of the basis of general and organic chemistry, pharmacology and biochemistry.
Course contents summary
The course provides the theoretical basis for discussing the drug's action at a molecular level. Example of selected therapeutical classes will be also presented.
Patrick GL, An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry, 5th Edition, Oxford Press, London
The course is organized through frontal lessons, each one constituting a unit of a didactic module centered around the specific topics. In each unit, the student will be provided with the bases to acquire knowledge and understanding, and to apply the knowledge and the understanding to that specific topic covered in that specific unit.
Assessment methods and criteria
By means of an oral exam, the student should demonstrate to have correctly aquired the knowledge and understanding, and the application of knowledge and understanding for at least three topics covered during the course. The student should also demonstrate to be able to make autonomous judgments and to have appropriate communication skills.
The exam is passed only if all the competences are correctly acquired. The final grade will be formed by knowledge and understanding (30%), applying knowledge and understanding (30%), making judgments (20%) and communication skills (20%)