5 ECTS credits
150 h study time
Offer 1 with catalog number 1021450ANR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (A) Bachelor - preliminary level.
The 1st year Ba curriculum in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PS) contains 4 basic chemistry courses:
The encompassing goal of these 4 courses is to learn/train the necessary chemical background, analytical skills and scientific attitude to (1) be prepared for the further curriculum PS and (2) be able to function successfully in the PS major's diverse prospective jobs and lines of research. Therefore, the course is more focused on developing a deep intuitive understanding of a number of core chemistry concepts than on enumerating at length all possible applications of those concepts and the special points of attention that play a role in these applications. Nevertheless, applications that are of great pharmaceutical importance are mentioned as illustrations where possible. More generally, links to other disciplines are accentuated so that Chemistry can function as a bridge between Physics and Biology, among others. Special attention is also paid to the limits of the applicability of the relevant mathematical relationships as well as the limits of current scientific knowledge. This way, the student is encouraged to question the correctness of scientific results at all times, and more generally to approach given "facts" with a critical mind.
In this course, the students PS deepen their skills in aspects of chemistry that are of specific relevance to their later curricula and job prospects. Subjects from the courses "General and Inorganic Chemistry" and "Organic Chemistry - Theory and Practicals" are explored in more depth and new subjects are introduced. Among others, a number of chemical relationships are taught that play an important role in Analytical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Drug Development,... More generally spoken, this course completes the broad chemical background that is expected from persons with an university diploma in the Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The guided exercises are held in groups of roughly 25 students. Here, the concepts from the lectures are applied to more concrete chemical questions. The main aim of the guided exercises is to train problem solving skills in the context of the theory outlined above. Indeed, the ability to "think chemically" determines success in applying the knowledge from this course to later courses and professional outcomes (and accordingly, it plays an important role in the exam). Moreover, performing exercises with chemical concepts gives the student the opportunity to verify whether he/she has correctly processed the subject matter from the lectures.
In the practicals, the phenomena that were described earlier in the lectures are observed on simple systems. Aside from the necessary illustration of the theory, the practicals have a goal in and of themselves: to familiarize the student with a number of basic methods for quantitative analysis as well as to learn to process data with a critical attitude with regard to precision and above all to handle laboratory equipment and organic and inorganic compounds in the context of safety, precision and yield.
The aforementioned volumes include all relevant tables and representative series of exercises from which the problems treated during the seminars are chosen. They also contain the numerical solutions to the problems and detailed solutions for selected problems, along with hints for solving select problems.
The recommended volumes can be viewed or loaned at the Medical Library. Molecular Model Building Sets (for the study of molecular geometry, polarity, stereochemistry,...) can be used locally at the Medical Library. The students are given access to software packages for 2D and 3D visualisation of organic molecules.
It is mandatory to bring an own lab coat, safety goggles and pipet bulb starting from the first practical.
The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Written Exam determines 75% of the final mark.
PRAC Lab Work determines 25% of the final mark.
Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
Within the PRAC Lab Work category, the following assignments need to be completed:
This offer is part of the following study plans:
Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences: default (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Initial track (only offered in Dutch)