Course Information
FacultyHealth Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID180000111

Programme of Study: Programme of Studies 2008-

Registered students: 371
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course536.5

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours5
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • General Knowledge
Course Category
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The aim of this course is to act as an introduction to the specific pharmaceutical - medicinal chemistry courses, to teach the causes of pathologic conditions and general properties of drug molecules. Other aims are to present some important characteristics of drugs, such as selectivity and the role of various chemical bonds developed in drug action. An important aim is the transfer of a sound knowledge of drug metabolism and the consequences on drug action and toxicity. Also important are the issues of the pharmacodynamic and chemotherapeutic drugs as a concept, general anaesthetics, as well as the chemical and molecular aspects of drug - drug and drug - food interactions. Skills: By the end of this course, the students should be able to: Know the basic classification and causes of important diseases; Know the characteristics of pharmacodynamic and chemotherapeutic drugs; Know the characteristics of a satisfactory drug molecule, such as selectivity, potency, toxicity; Have a good knowledge of the fate of a drug in the body, its kinetics and, most important, its metabolism, as well as the phenomenon of xenobiotic metabolism from various aspects; Know the formation of various types of chemical bonds and the effects on the development of drug action; Have a good knowledge of the molecular and chemical basis of drug interactions.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
Course Content (Syllabus)
An introduction in chemistry of vitamins. Their classification and study of vitamins of aliphatic, alicyclic, aromatic and heterocyclic series, which include ascorbic acid, pantotenic acid, pangamic acid, choline, linetole, inositole,lipoic acid, vitamin A, D, K, PABA, dicoumarol ,rutin, nicotinic acid nicotinamide, vitamin B6, B1, B2, folic acid, biotin, B12, B13, vitamin U. All these vitamins are studied from point of view of their properties, quality and quantity evaluation as well their impact for the health and use. Also course include a chemical introduction on drug action and xenobiotic behaviour. Impact of drugs on health and disease. Differences and similarities between food and drugs. General characteristics of drug molecules-Xenobiotics. General anaesthetics. Chemical bonds, drug properties and drug action. Covalent, coordinated bonds, coulombic forces, hydrogen bond, van der Waals forces, lipophilic interactions. Principles of selectivity based on differences in cytology, biochemistry and distribution. Ways of drug loss, elements of drug absorption, distribution and excretion. Drug metabolism. Objectives, evolution, site, chemical nature of structural changes. Oxidations, reductions, hydrolyses and other phase I biotransformations. Conjugations with glucuronic acid, glycine, sulphate, glutathione, and other phase II biotransformations. Structure and function of cytochromes P450. P450 induction and inhibition. Biodetoxication, Biotoxication. Drug metabolism and drug stereochemistry. Molecular aspects of drug-drug and drug-food interactions. Consequences of interactions, applications in therapy, elements of drug design and development.
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Written examination at the end of the semester. Τhe evaluation process is based on questions that the students are asked to answer based on their knowledge obtained from the lectures as well as on the critical thinking and ability to combine, evaluate and handle the acquired knowledge and information. The duration of the examination is 3 hours. The examination at the end of the semester is performed at dates time and place arranged by the department. During the laboratory work, students hand over a report of their results and are evaluated. At the end of the laboratory work, there is a written examination on this. Successful termination of the laboratory course permits their participation to the final examination.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work78
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Οργανική Φαρμακευτική Χημεία . Βιταμίνες. Αθηνά Γερονικάκη . ISBN 978-960-357-013-3. 2010. "Σύγχρονη Παιδία"
Additional bibliography for study
R.B. Silverman “The Organic Chemistry of Drug Design and Drug Action”, 2nd ed., 2004, Academic Press. 2. J.P. Uetrecht, W. Trager “Drug Metabolism: Chemical and Enzymatic Aspects: Textbook Edition”, 2007, Informa Healthcare
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