Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 10
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Andrea Duranti Any working day (it is advisable to make an appointment by email at the address given, or by telephone at +39 0722 303501)
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology (LM-13)
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Learning Objectives

The course is finalized to examine the structure-activity relationships of drugs belonging to the therapeutic classes included in the program and it will consider mechanisms of action also; in some cases it will be analyzed the influence that specific portions of the drug exert on the metabolism and toxicity. To achieve this aim, sometimes it will be also sometimes evaluated how drug design and optimization allow to improve the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic profile. The contents of the course will be faced in a critical and interactive way with the additional aim of imparting and making acquire an analytical ability on the subjects, that constitutes relevant aspects within the reference master degree.


1. Cardiac drugs

2. Diuretics

3. Hypotensives

4. Sympatholytics and vasodilators

5. Hypolipidemics

6. Antithrombotics

7. Broncodilators

8. Steroid hormones

9. Insulin and hypoglicemic drugs

10. Thyroid drugs

11. Antiulcer and antiacids

12. Introduction to anti-infective drugs

13. Antibiotics

14. Antibacterials

15. Antimycobacterials

16. Antifungins

17. Antiprotozoals

18. Antivirals

19. Anthelmintics

Bridging Courses

Medicinal Chemistry I

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

At the end of the formative activity related to the discipline, the student is supposed to know and understand the problems related to the studies finalized to the construction of the structure-activity relationships and the mechanism of action of the main examined classes and drugs; where appropriate also with regard to the aspects related to design (discovery, optimization...), metabolism and toxicity. Through the expertise acquired the student will be able to develop critical skills, independence of judgment and communication skills that allow him to produce reasoning on the topics covered. This scenario will also be developed through logical relationships and interactive discussions, which could be supported by the analysis of studies published in scientific journals relevant to teaching.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons possibly supplemented by brief presentations on specific issues [when the topics of the program and the situations allow it, innovative teaching elements that refer to techniques such as problem based learning (PBL) or debate may be applied]. On a weekly basis, exercises will be carried out on the topics covered, based on the contents of the written tests previously assigned.


Knowledgments on organic chemistry and medicinal chemistry

Course books

Primary sources: Gasco A Gualtieri F Melchiorre C, Chimica farmaceutica I Ed. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2015 [Cap. 16-21, 22(5), 24, 25, 28(5), 30(3), 31, 33, 35-38, 39(2), 40, 41(2)] or Lemke TL, Williams DA Foye's Principles of medicinal chemistry VII Ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2013 [Cap. 21-29, 32(2), 33, 34(5,6), 35, 36, 38, 39].

Consultation sources: a) Patrick GL, An introduction to medicinal chemistry VI Ed. Oxford 2017; b) Beale JM Jr Block JH, Wilson and Gisvold’s Textbook of Organic, Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry XII Ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 2011.


Oral exam, integrated with Drug design and development, after a written test.

The written test, with the aim of producing a complete evaluation framework, is made of structured tests [multiple choice quizzes (MCQ), true/false quizzes (TFQ)] and unstructured tests [questions open response (QOR)]. It will thus be possible to establish, in a uniform way for all students, the level of knowledge achieved and whether the ability to use the acquired knowledge and concepts has been developed both to identify and use the theoretical and methodological approaches of the discipline and to realize the best application strategies with reference to specific problems. The test will include 2 QRM, 2 QVF and 2 DRA, and will be evaluated according to the following scores. MCQ: exact 2, incorrect -1, not given: 0; TFQ: exact 0.4, incorrect -0.2, not given: 0; QOR: up to 5. The duration of the written test is quantifiable in 1.5 hours.

The oral exam will check the ability to use both knowledge and concepts to reason on the topics of the course, both to check the communication skills and to know the student is able to produce links between topics covered by the exam program. The oral exam, preceded by a comment on the written test, approximately lasts about 30 minutes.

Both the written test and the oral examination will be evaluated with a score expressed in thirtieths. The final grade will result from the oral exam, taking into consideration the outcome of the written test also.

The student can opt to support the tests of the two teachings at different times; in this case the second written test will have to be taken within two months or slightly later according to the calendar of the first useful call; the student can also take two written tests and a single oral exam after the second written exam but in case of a negative result of the second written test or the oral exam the first written test must be taken again.

Finally, an advice to optimize the study. Since the programs of the two teachings are carried out in such a way as to establish links between the topics, it is strongly recommended to study both subjects and then subsequently evaluate whether to opt for the tests at different times.

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