Course Information for

Fundamentals of Drug Action II:

PHAR 332

Spring 2007


Lecture Schedule

Lecture - Tue, Thur, at 9:30 AM - Rm 32

Lecture -Fri, at 8:30 AM - Rm 32

Lecture-Discussion - Fri at 9:30 - Rm 32 (sometimes lecture and discussion times are interchanged)

Click here for the Schedule of Lectures.


Dr. Woodbury* Rm 501, ph. 996-6793, email

Dr. Bolton Rm 539C, ph. 996-5280, email

* Course Coordinator


This course covers biochemical topics of interest in medicinal chemistry. These include basic drug-receptor interactions, basic enzyme kinetics, the biochemical basis for energy production and use in the cell, basic drug metabolism, and fundamentals of drug development. See the schedule of lectures for further details.


Lehninger "Principles of Biochemistry"

Additional handouts will be supplied by individual instructors.

The text book is available at the bookstore.


You have already found the Web site for PHAR332. We also have set up a Blackboard discussion area for this course, which can be accessed from the course Web page, using your own password. We will post exam results, notices, etc. on the Blackboard site and in the display case on the fifth floor. Please consult the Blackboard site and this display case regularly. They may have information not given in the lecture, such as schedule changes, exam score histograms, etc.


1. Hour examinations are scheduled at intervals of about 4 weeks; see the course syllabus for the dates. You are strongly encouraged to not miss these examinations. We have scheduled 4 exams (including the Final Exam); each is worth 250 points. Examinations are a regular part of the course. They are closed-book exams. Generally you will be asked to place your hats, bags, coats, etc. off to one side during the exam. You will also be asked to take seats that are spaced apart from one another, in alternate rows. You may be assigned a seat as you enter the room for the exam. This allows us to answer questions more easily, and it reduces the potential for cheating.

2. If you are late for an exam, see the professor-in-charge as soon as possible. You may be permitted to start the exam, and to continue it past the usual deadline, but circumstances may not allow this. Please make allowances for bad weather, heavy traffic, etc. on the days that exams are scheduled; we will accept reasonable excuses for lateness, but it is basically your responsibility to be there on time.

3. If you miss an exam, please telephone the Department at 996-7255 or 996-7245 PROMPTLY. We accept reasonable and timely excuses. We do not give make-up exams. With an acceptable excuse for missing an hour exam, we will instead give you the weighted average of your scores on the other hour exams. You must, however, have an acceptable excuse which can be verified, and you must present this excuse to the professor-in-charge as soon as possible. Also, our general policy is to allow this for only one exam. Please don't abuse our willingness to accommodate people with real trouble by giving us trivial excuses.

4. You are responsible for picking up your own exams. If you want an exam regraded, submit it to the professor-in-charge within one week of the time that the exam was returned to the class. We reserve the right to duplicate graded exams prior to returning them to the class.

5. The weighting (in course points) assigned for each of the exams roughly reflects the number of lectures the exams cover, respectively. There will be a total of 1000 course points, distributed as follows:

Exam 1 (Dr. Woodbury) 250 points

Exam 2 (Dr. Woodbury) 250 points

Exam 3 (Dr. Woodbury) 250 points

Exam 4 (Drs. Bolton & Woodbury) 250 points



We have high expectations for the conduct and behavior of our students. Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in accordance with accepted principles of responsible citizenship and with scrupulous regard for the rights of others. Students are expected to behave in a civil fashion towards instructors, staff, and fellow students. Please attend to the business of the class while in the classroom. It is rude to engage in casual conversation, read a newspaper, or take up other non-class activities during the class period.

In all work, students must adhere to the guidelines regarding academic integrity as described in the Student Handbook and in the UIC Undergraduate Catalog. Academic dishonesty is just cause for strong disciplinary measures; depending on the degree or level of the infraction, this may extend up to and include dismissal from the University.


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