An introduction to pharmacognosy - understanding of natural product use as traditional and modern medicines including extraction, chemistry, assessment of biological activity, formulation, production considerations and regulation.
Natural products form the basis of modern medicines and are still used traditionally around the world for health benefits. The aim of this paper is to introduce students to the use and development of natural products for medicinal uses whilst obtaining practical skills applicable to this area. The paper features a component of traditional Māori medicine and rongoa.
|Paper title||Natural Products and Medicines|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- (CHEM 191 or CHEM 111) plus 54 points at 200-level
This paper can complement BSc degrees with a pharmacology, botany or biology focus.
Associate Professor Arlene McDowell email@example.com
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- Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Arlene McDowell
Teaching Staff: Professor Natalie Medlicott
Professor Sarah Hook
Professor Nigel Perry
Associate Professor Janice Lord
Dr Allan Gamble
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- Paper Structure
PSCI303 will be taught through lectures, laboratories and field trips covering the following general topics,
- Introduction to pharmacognosy.
- Identification, isolation and extraction of natural products.
- Biological activity of natural products.
- Production considerations for natural products.
Textbooks will be available through the library. Titles to be confirmed.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork
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- Learning Outcomes
By completion of this paper students will be able to,
- Discuss the use of natural products as medicines.
- Explain the chemical properties of natural products.
- Demonstrate the process of extraction and isolation of natural products.
- Summarize the concepts for assessing the biological activity of natural products.
- Describe the quality assurance processes and regulatory issues for natural products.
- Apply principles of scientific research and methods to problem solving.
- Communicate expert scientific knowledge effectively to different audiences.
- Works effectively as a team member.