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PHG 251: Pharmacognosy-1 (2+1)  (pdf) (Course Syllabus مفردات المقرر)

The course comprises two main themes, the first is an introduction to Pharmacognosy covering drugs of natural origin. This includes their sources, bioactive constituents, and preparation for pharmaceutical use. The second part of the course covers chromatographic principles and methodologies including planar (PC, TLC and related techniques such as electrophoresis) and Columnar (GLC, HPLC, LC, IEC and GPC) chromatography as well as their applications in drug evaluation.

PHG 222: Pharmacognosy-1 (2+1)  (pdf) (Course Syllabus مفردات المقرر)

The goal of this course is to provide primary knowledge of natural product drugs to the pharmacy student in professional program of study and give some practical guidance in the process of screening of medicinal plants. In this course, the student will study: History and importance of natural products, Botanical characters of medicinal plants and study the different cell contents; Natural health products as herbal medicines, homeopathy, complementary and alternative medicine and related subjects; The students will also study selected examples to illustrate contemporary usage of natural products; Production of natural product derived drugs including their collection, preparation, storage conditions and their preparation for use either in the crude form or as extracts. The course will introduce the students to the different biogenetic pathways of secondary metabolites formation and their classification. The study will include the active constituents of drugs containing: Carbohydrates, Tannins, Volatile oils, lipids and unorganized drugs. The course will also covers chromatographic principles and methodologies specially column and planer chromatography as well as their applications in evaluation of natural products. 

PHG 473: Food Analysis (1+1)   (pdf) (Course Syllabus مفردات المقرر)

This course deals with the principles involved in the analysis of food prod­ucts (fresh, processed and canned). It includes the significance of food con­stituents and their limits according to the international regulations. In addition, the course discusses the possible hazards arising from certain foods, food con­stituents and additives from the medicinal point of view. Comments on the ele­ments of a balanced diet are also included.


PHG 474: Screening, Separation and Analysis of Plant Constituents (2+2)   (pdf) (Course Syllabus مفردات المقرر)

The course covers the methods and techniques employed for screening medicinal plants for their bioactive constituents. It also discusses recent develop­ments regarding methods of extraction, isolation, purification and spectroscopic identification of plant bioactive constituents not covered elsewhere. Emphasis is given to the chemistry of certain selected classes of these constituents. In addi­tion, the course includes further applications of chromatographic and spectros­copic techniques in the analysis of the isolated compounds. The students will be trained to use spectral data for interpretation of the structures of the compounds that are isolated in the laboratory part of the course.

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