NATS 7037 Natural Medicinal Products

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 301141

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Description This subject has been developed to introduce students to the procedures and processes associated with the production, isolation, characterization and use of medicinal drugs of plant origin. This subject is taught by the University of Florida as part of a collaborative venture between the University of Florida and Western Sydney University. Note: Further information on this subject is available from the University of Florida.

School Science

Discipline Forensic Science

Student Contribution Band

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject


Students must be enrolled in 3741 Master of Forensic Science, 3742 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Science or 3743 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Science.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the biochemical reactions involved in the production of natural medicinal products
  2. Understand the effects of external factors on the production of secondary metabolites
  3. Be familiar with naturally occurring biologically active compounds such as alkaloids and glycosides
  4. Be familiar with the isolation and structural elucidation of plant derived compounds
  5. Understand the abuse potential, recognition and analysis of drugs of abuse of natural origin
  6. Be familiar with the chemistry and pharmacology of herbal remedies. Problems associated with their lack of standardization and potential drug interactions

Subject Content

Module 1 Biosynthesis of Natural Products
Module 2 Production Ecology of Secondary Metabolites
Module 3 Alkaloids
Module 4 Glycosides
Module 5 Naturally Occurring Drugs of Abuse
Module 6 Herbal Remedies
Module 7 Analysis for Natural Products


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Final Exam Not specified 100 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Florida Term 1 (2023)



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Florida Term 3 (2023)



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