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BIOL7016 - Natural Products

Title:Natural Products
Long Title:Natural Products as Medicines
Module Code:BIOL7016
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Description: The course introduces the use of natural products as medicinal and healthcare products and the principles applied to their use in the practice of western herbal medicine
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the pharmacological and clinical evidence for the medicinal and healthcare use of a selection of natural products
LO2 Describe the actions of a selection of natural products on the human body and the indications for their medicinal/ healthcare use
LO3 Debate issues in relation to the safe and effective use of natural products as medicines/ herbal medicinal products/ foods/ healthcare products
LO4 Classify a selection of herbs in terms of their botanical features, organoleptic properties and chemical constituents
LO5 Describe traditional approaches and understanding to the use of natural products singly and in combination
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Principles of using natural products as medicines/ healthcare products and the practice of Western Herbal Medicine, using natural products singly and in combination,
Natural Products
Traditional and modern use of natural products (herb, seaweed, mineral, animal, fungi, fish, crustacean, honey and pollen based products)in relation to Medical (disease processes and pathophysiology), Cosmetic and Healthcare issues
Materia medica
Monographs - ESCOP/ Community, formulations - standardised/ galenic, actions, indictations, side effects/ adverse effects/ contra-indications, traditional approaches, pharmacological and clinical evidence
Examination/ identification of herbs
Identification of herbs in terms of their botanical features, principles of and systematic examination of herbs in terms of organoleptic properties, chemical constituents; types of adulteration, inferiority, spoilage, admixture, sophistication and substitution
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Monograph 1,2,3,4,5 30.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical based 3,4 40.0 Every Second Week
Project Presentation 1,2,3,4,5 30.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Face to face teaching 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Laboratory based practicals 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed learning 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Bernd Schaefer 2014, Natural Products in the Chemical Industry [ISBN: 978-364254460]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mills, S and Bone, K 2005, The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety, Elsevier Churchill and Livingstone [ISBN: 0-443-07171-3]
  • Wendy Applequist Ph.D 2006, The Identification of Medicinal Plants - A Handbook of the Morphology of Botanicals in Commerce, 1st Ed., Americal Botanical Council [ISBN: 0-9655555-1-8]
  • British Herbal Medicine Association 2006, British Herbal Compendium [ISBN: 0903032120]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SHERB_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Herbal Science 3 Mandatory
CR_BHORT_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture 1 Group Elective 2

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