This course presents those principles of chemistry that are essential to understanding of drugs as medicines. It focuses initially on the properties of matter in its three states: gases, liquids and solids; and later delved into functional groups and organic chemistry aspects that provide the foundation for structure-activity relationships (SARs) of drugs.
This course gives an overview of the basic principles of physical, organic and analytical chemistry. It is designed to prepare the student understand the basic chemical reactions which will enhance their future understanding of related courses such as biochemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry.
The aim of this course is to develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the chemistry principles that are essential in developing skills in structure elucidation, studies of structure-activity relationships, drug development and drug formulation.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course the student should be able to:
- Explain and apply the fundamental concepts of stoichiometry in chemical reactions
- Account for the process that hold compounds together
- Interpret the difference between the three states of matter
- Discuss properties of solutions, colligative properties and do calculations based on the concentrations of a solute solution.
- Perform basic calculations concerning chemical equilibria and chemical kinetics
- Make accurate observations and interpretation of data
- Describe the role of organic chemistry in everyday life
- Describe the various functional groups in organic chemistry and explain the simple reactions they undergo
- Complete equations, predict products and write plausible reaction mechanisms
- Apply scientific findings to advance medical knowledge and improve service delivery (evidence based practice)