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CHY2102 : Bioactive Natural Products

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Bernard Golding
  • Lecturer: Dr Cristina Navarro Reguero, Dr Agnieszka Bronowska
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The course will provide students with a knowledge of natural products obtained from animals and plants, including marine organisms, with the emphasis on the isolation, structure determination, biosynthetic origin, synthesis, mode of action and medicinal properties of substances.

Outline Of Syllabus


1-2 Classes of natural products; isolation of natural products
3-4 Structure determination; synthesis of selected natural products
5-7 Fatty acids; aromatic natural products
8-10 Terpenes; steroids; prostaglandins
11-12 Alkaloids
13 Pharmacology of receptors
14 Marine natural products
plus 6 workshops on selected lecture content and 4 exam-related sessions.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion210:5017:30Revision for end of semester examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of semester examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:3060:30Study course handouts and background reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CHY8828Bioactive Natural Products
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the key concepts and factual data and introduce problem solving skills. Workshops and exam-related sessions enable application of the material covered in the lectures.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1202A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CHY8828Bioactive Natural Products2N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formal exam tests the understanding of concepts and application/problem solving based on the concepts.

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