Substances of Abuse - PS713

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury
(version 2)
Autumn and Spring
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7 15 (7.5) DR SCG Biagini

Pre-requisites

CH314

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

  • Elements of synthetic organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry which are relevant to substances of abuse.
  • The theoretical chemistry and principles of analysis and identification of several substances that are substances of abuse. The following are indicative:
    o amphetamines and related compounds
    o LSD and related compounds
    o Cannabis and Cannabis products
    o opiate compounds
    o cocaine and related compounds
    o certain controlled pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Details

    This module appears in:


    Contact hours

    Approximately 16 hours will be spent on timetabled lectures, 8h spent on timetabled student presentations.

    Availability

    This is not available as a wild module.

    Method of assessment

    Examination: 70%, Coursework: 30%.

    Preliminary reading

    Clarke's Analytical Forensic Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Press; 1 edition (30 Jun 2008)
    ISBN-10: 0853697051; ISBN-13: 978-0853697053.

  • Michael D. Cole; The Analysis of Controlled Substances: A Systematic Approach. Cole 2003.
    ISBN 0-471-49253-1.

  • Coleman, Michael D., Human Drug Metabolism: an introduction, 2010. ISBN: 13-9780470742167

  • Perrine, Daniel M., The Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs: History, Pharmacology and Cultural Context, 1996. ISBN: 13-9780841232532

  • Stevens, A., Drugs, Crime and Public Health: the political economy of drug policy, 2011. ISBN: 13-9780203844168

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

  • Learning outcomes

    To acquire a knowledge and understanding of the theoretical chemistry and the principles of analysis and identification of several chemicals that are related to substances of abuse.

  • Display an ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject areas identified in the syllabus.
  • Display an ability to apply such knowledge to qualitative and quantitative problem solving in the relevant subject area.
  • Display an ability to communicate complex scientific topic in the form of an audio-visual presentation.

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