Natural Product Chemistry

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course provides a brief introduction to plant systematics. Significant poisonous and medicinal plants, together with natural medicines, will be discussed. Important classes of compounds (secondary metabolites) in and from nature will be emphasised, and stress will be put on classification, nomenclature, structure, biosynthesis, occurrence, analysis and pharmaceutical perspectives. Practical exercises demonstrate different techniques within natural product chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM238 the student will be able to:

  • provide an overview of the field of natural product chemistry.
  • identify different types of natural products, their occurrence, structure, biosynthesis and properties.
  • discuss the use of natural products as starting materials for medicines.
  • carry out independent investigations of plant materials and natural products.

Level of Study

Required Previous Knowledge
KJEM130/FARM130 or equivalent
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
FARM238:10 stp, KJEM332:10 stp, K332:9stp
Access to the Course
The course is open to students at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science. The students also need to fulfil the prerequisites for the course.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Laboratory course. Compulsory activity is valid for five semesters. The students must participate and pass a course on Health, Environment and Safety before they can start at the laboratory course.

Forms of Assessment
Written exam (4h).
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester