Drug Design & Development

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Drug Design & Development

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Field Component, Pre-Pharmacy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIOC2000 or BIOM2402 or CHEM2002 or CHEM2052 or CHEM2050

    This course requires additional faculty approval for entry.

    *This course has a field trip component. Additional fees, paid directly to the university, may apply.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    How compounds are identified, selected & developed into drug products. Drug discovery, drug design, lead development, assay cascade, drug candidate selection, patenting, intellectual property, product formulation, clinical trials, toxicological testing, spin-off & large pharmaceutical companies, role of regulatory bodies.
    *This course has a field trip component. Additional fees, paid directly to the university, may apply.
    Course Introduction
    This course will introduce you to Drug Discovery and Development, a rapidly expanding and critical component of contemporary biotechnology. The focus of the course is on the processes behind identifying novel drugs and their targets, and the steps required to take this drug intended for human use to the market, including the preclinical and clinical development process.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. identify and evaluate a range of approaches to the discovery of drugs and drug targets
    2. research and critically evaluate studies in drug discovery and development
    3. list and analyse the processes involved in clinical and preclinical evaluation of drugs
    4. evaluate issues associated with the pharmaceutical industry, including licensing agreements, registration of drugs and roles of regulatory agencies
    5. develop and deliver, through a range of styles of oral presentation, arguments around topical issues in drug discovery and development
    Class Contact
    6 Contact hours

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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