Medicinal Natural Products, 6 credits (NKEC22)

Naturproduktskemi och läkemedel, 6 hp

Main field of study

Chemical Biology Chemistry


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Peter Konradsson

Director of studies or equivalent

Magdalena Svensson

Available for exchange students

Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6IKEA Chemical Analysis Engineering, B Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 2+4 English Linköping v
6KKEB Chemical Biology 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 2+4 English Linköping v
6KKEM Chemistry 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 2+4 English Linköping o

Main field of study

Chemical Biology, Chemistry

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Chemical Analysis Engineering, B Sc in Engineering
  • Chemical Biology
  • Chemistry

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims to provide knowledge and understanding of organic chemistry, with emphasis on natural products and demonstrate the relationship between molecular structure and reactivity of the various transformations After completing this course the student

  • have basic knowledge in natural product chemistry: structure, classification and biosynthesis of secondary metabolites
  • can make connection between the reactions and mechanisms that apply to both synthetic chemistry biosynthesis • have knowledge of the medically important natural product origin, production, and identification, control and use
  • have knowledge of medical uses and effects inc. toxicity of herbal remedies
  • have knowledge of modern analytical methods for identification of natural products
  • use laboratory organic analysis and synthesis techniques and be able to explain how chemicals are used in an environmentally way for sustainable development

Course content

The course covers the basic theory of molecular structure, mechanisms and sterokemi with special emphasis on natural products. Biosynthesis of secondary metabolites from a chemical point of view and examples of their function in living material, organic reactions in terms of binding and reaction types and comparison with biosynthetic processes .. Furthermore, synthesis planning and strategy for the synthesis of natural products and pharmaceuticals, as well as methods for isolation and analysis of natural products .
The laboratory sessions are designed to provide basic knowledge in organic chemical methodology and includes synthesis, and identification and analysis of organic compounds of biosynthetic origin.

Teaching and working methods

The course includes lectures, seminars and laboratory work.


TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 54.5 credits
LAB1A laboratory course with theory examinationU, G1.5 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5


Inst för fysik, kemi och biolog

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magdalena Svensson


Peter Konradsson

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 80 h
Recommended self-study hours: 80 h

Course literature

Dewick P.M. - Medicinal Natural products- A Biosynthetic Approach 3rdEd. (Wiley) Laborationsmaterial från institutionen
Dewick P.M. - Medicinal Natural products- A Biosynthetic Approach 3rdEd. (Wiley) Laborationsmaterial från institutionen
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4.5 credits
LAB1 A laboratory course with theory examination U, G 1.5 credits

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