Material Description

Al-Isra University

College of Pharmacy

Courses Descriptions

(160 credit hours)

College & Section Requirements (Compulsory & Elective)

-Compulsory College Requirements:-

501105 General Chemistry (3 Cr. Hr.):

This course provides the students with the scientific measurements, arithmetical relationships for chemical compounds and chemical reactions, atomic structure, molecular structure, periodic chart, chemical bonding, gases and their laws, states of matter and forces among molecules, properties of water solution.

The course aims to make students able to carry chemical calculations, to enhance their abilities of subjects related to analytical and physical chemistry, such as properties of gases, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and acid-base equilibrium. Also chemical thermodynamics and chemical kinetics.  


501106 General Chemistry Lab (1 Cr. Hr.)

The course is designed to provide the students with basic laboratory techniques, and identification of physical and chemical properties of matter, and how to determine the empirical formula of compounds and hydrated salts, also to demonstrate titrimetric analysis methods and chemical equilibrium.

501107 Organic Chemistry (3 Cr. Hr.):

The course deals with the study of fundamentals of organic chemistry: structural theories, chemical bonds representation of structural formulas, molecular orbital theory, bond breaking, classification of reagents, electronic mechanism, synthesis, reactivity and mechanism of reactions of different classes of aliphatic and alicyclic and aromatic organic compounds: alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, ethers, phenols, thiols and epoxides. This course also involves sterochemistry including both conformational and configurational isomerisms: optical and geometrical isomers,

501108 Organic Chemistry Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

The course deals with the study of safety measures and general Practical laboratory instructions and carrying out some basic techniques: boiling point, distillation, recrystallization, extraction and steam distillation. The course also involves different qualitative methods of analysis of organic compounds and functional group tests.

501109 General Biology (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course provides the students with the basic information’s regarding the chemical behavior of carbon which makes it exceptionally versatile as a building block in molecular architecture, structure and function of nucleic acids, cell organelles and cell membrane, the total chemical reactions that takes place in living organisms, certain aspects of cellular respiration, the molecular and chromosomal basis of inheritance and the connection between genes and proteins. It also includes the types of plant cells, tissue system and plant growth, levels of animal structure organization, types and function of animal tissues, the kingdoms of life, and characteristics of prokaryotes, protists and fungi.

Some of the most important phyla of invertebrates and the immune system are described.

501110 General Biology Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

This course deal with the study of cell structures, chemical constituents of living cell and cellular activities (modes of reproduction, enzyme activities, physical properties, respiration and photosynthesis). The course also includes the study of plant and animal tissues and organs, mice anatomy, diversity of organisms, genetics and media preparation.

- Compulsory Section Requirements:-

501203 Specialized English Language (3 Cr.Hr.)

This course is a three-credit-hour course consisting of theoretical material and practical activities. The course introduces the undergraduates to the English used in their field with a special emphasis on the development of critical thinking, active reading and analytical witting skills across the pharmacy curriculum. Training in basic research techniques and in the use of library resources is also given a special emphasis. Students are expected to read and respond to texts from a variety of pharmacy disciplines and produce term papers on an intellectually worthwhile topic. Such studies require that the students refer to a number of works. Therefore, a list of the works recommended must be made.


501211 Anatomy and Histology (3 Cr.Hr.):

The aim of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the structure (macroscopic and microscopic) of the human body. It includes an overview on the levels of organization, life processes, basic components and functions of cells and tissue types. It also includes the structure of the various systems of the body.

501212 Anatomy and Histology Lab (1Cr.Hr.):

The laboratory course is designed to demonstrate the microscopic structure of human tissues, and also demonstrate the gross structure of human body with the help of models and charts.


501213 Physiology (3 Cr.Hr.):

             This course adopts an integrated approach to the human systems physiology, with emphasis on “Homeostasis”. In addition, routine synopses of the basic and clinical medical research that laid down the scientific foundation of this discipline are discussed abreast the respective body systems. All pharmacy students are exposed to and actively encouraged to develop an autonomous mind map of the inter-relationships connecting the wide array of pharmaceutical sciences with human physiology.




501216 Physiology Lab (1Cr.Hr.):

This physiology practicum aims to accomplish three objectives: the first objective focuses on performing real life applications to the principals of human physiology in a laboratory setting, which have been discussed in the “ Human Physiology Lecture” course; in particular, the physiology of the blood, cellular transport, digestive system, skeletal muscles, cardiac muscle, urinary system and respiratory system. The second objective is developing the student’s ability to synthesize then type-write a sound scientific laboratory report; and thirdly, acquiring and mastering theoretical experimentation using physiological computer simulations side by side the wet laboratory sessions.

501217 Pathophysiology (1) (2Cr.Hr.)

The aim of this course is the understanding of disease mechanisms based on physiological principles. It includes how cells, tissues organs and organ systems respond to disease. The course includes general principles of pathology such as general concepts of disease, cellular injury and cell death, response of the body to injury (inflammation and repair) disturbances in circulation, disturbances in growth, cellular proliferation and differentiation and hematologic system disorders.

   501261 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry (3Cr.Hr.)

The course deals with the study of chemistry of the following compounds; alkyl benzenes, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, amines and arenediazonium salts, in addition to synthesis, reactivity and mechanism of reactions of different classes of medicinally important heterocycles: three to seven membered heterocycles, benzoheterocycles and fused-heterocycles, and applications of drugs.

501262 Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry Lab               (1 Cr.Hr.)

This course provides the students with some organic preparative reactions and synthesis of some important organic compounds such as carboxylic acids, ester, aldol condensation, Electrophilic aromatic substitution, etc. The course also involves multiple step syntheses.


501263 Analytical Chemistry (3 Cr.Hr.):

The aim of this course is to study the basic concepts of analytical chemistry as units, concentration types, stoichiometric calculations and solutions. Errors in chemical analysis, gravimetric methods, titrimetric methods, neutralization titration and their applications, precipitation, complex–formation titration and introduction to electrochemistry. The official pharmacopoeias, pharmaceutical analysis and quality control.

501264 Analytical Chemistry Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

The aim of this course is to learn basic practical skills in analytical chemistry that includes gravimetric determination of Ni and chloride, acid-base titration, back titration, titration of a mixture of carbonate-bicarbonate, redox titration, compleximetric titration and water hardness, precipitation and Argentometric titrations.



501228 Laboratory Instruments (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course aim to introduce the student with the basic and wide used instruments by studying the theoretical part, instrumentation and applications of these instruments: UV/VIS, IR, Flamephotometry, Atomic Absorption and Polarimetry. Besides, students study principles and applications of chromatography especially GC and HPLC. Basic of NMAR and mass spectroscopy and the official pharmacopoeias.


501266 Laboratory Instruments lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

This course provides the students with learning about basic instruments and instrumental techniques. This includes single beam spectrophotometer, Analysis of Cr. III Double beam spectrophotometer, Analysis of mixture, qualitative application spectroscopy, flame photometry, sodium analysis, refractometry, polarimetry, potentiometric acid-base titration, adsorption column chromatography, ion-exchange column chromatography.

501273 Physical Pharmacy (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course deals with studying the order of chemical reactions, drug stability and decomposition, Complexation and protein binding, diffusion and dissolution, rehology, colloids and surfactant, polymers surface tension.

501274 Physical Pharmacy Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

This course provide the students with some pharmaceutical applications of the theoretical principles of physical pharmacy aspects such as Phase equilibria, kinetics, solubility adsorption, diffusion, surface tension and viscosity.


501313 General Microbiology (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course provides the students with the background they need in different aspects of microbiology for their further courses in pharmaceutical microbiology & immunology. It also provides them with the necessary knowledge in microbiology for other courses such as pathology, pharmacology and clinical pharmacy. The course covers the basic principles of microbiology, and then provides detailed information on major microbial (bacterial, viral & fungal) pathogens, regarding their properties, transmission, pathogenesis, clinical findings, laboratory diagnosis, treatment and prevention.


501317 Pathophysiology (2) (3Cr.Hr.):

The emphasis in this course is focused on the mechanisms of disease process affecting every system of the body. It includes, gastrointestinal system disorders, cardiovascular system disorders, respiratory system disorders, renal system disorders, neurologic system disorders, endocrine system and metabolic disorders, reproductive system disorders.

Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue disorders and dermatologic system disorders.






501321 Biochemistry (3 Cr.Hr.):

The purpose of this course is to make biochemistry as clear and interesting as possible and to familiarize the students of pharmacy and medical technology with the major aspects of biochemistry. This course covers the vital mechanisms explained by biochemistry, the molecular nature of cellular components, and the dynamic aspects of biochemical reactions.

501322 Biochemistry Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

This course includes the experimental plan which starts and continues parallel to the theoretical part about biological molecules and their metabolism in the human body.


501323 Pharmacognosy (3 Cr.Hr.):

The course includes the study of crude drugs of animal, vegetable and mineral sources. This course gives the students a good knowledge about morphological, histological and other characters of the drug to investigate its purity, potency and freedom from adulteration, also to device methods of cultivation, collection, storage and preparation. The students will be familiar with the active constituents, the uses and adverse effects of medicinal plants.

501326 Pharmacognosy Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

This course aims to provide a scientific basis of the identificat of plants in powdered form by study their morphological and histological characters. It describes the main characteristics of herbal remedies and their clinical use. It also gives the students a good knowledge about the methods of detection of the active constituents in the plants and methods of prescription.

501353 Pharmaceutics (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course includes dosage form design, Preformulation study, Solutions, Suspensions, Emulsions, Parenteral products, Topical preparations, suppositories, capsules (hard gelatin and soft gelatin capsules), Aerosols.

501354 Pharmaceutics Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

The purpose of this course is training the students to prepare aromatic waters, elixirs, spirits, syrups, topical preparations, liniments, paints, lotions, emulsions, creams, ointments and suppositories.

501355 Industrial Pharmacy (3 Cr.Hr.):

This subject includes the study of the following processes: filtration, centrifugation, flow of heat, powder technology (size analysis, size separation & size reduction), mixing of liquids, solids and semisolids, homogenization of emulsions, crystallization, extraction, drying, fluidization, tableting, tablet coating and capsules.

501356 Industrial Pharmacy Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

The purpose of this course is training the students to practice the size reduction and size analysis processes, preparation of effervescent granules, flowability of powder, mixing of powder. Also, to prepare tablet by two methods; direct compression and wet granulation, and to assess the quality control tests of tablets; uniformity of weight, diameter, thickness, and drug content, hardness, friability, disintegration time, and dissolution time, tablet coating, and micro encapsulation processes.

501361 Medicinal Chemistry-1 (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course is designed to expose the third year-undergraduate students to the history, theory and practice of Medicinal Chemistry. It starts with a general introduction overviewing the relationship between medicinal chemistry and pharmacology and pharmacy practice, and covering definitions, naming of drugs and classification of drugs. The introductory part also illustrates the relation between physicochemical properties of different drugs and their biological activities, an explanation of the receptor site theory and drug-receptor interactions and a study of the metabolic fate of drugs.

Then, the formal part of the course covers the structure, function and presentation of the following classes of therapeutic agents: drugs acting on the Autonomic Nervous System, local anesthetics and antihistaminic agents; Cardiovascular drugs and Diuretics.


501363 Pharmacology-1 (3 Cr.Hr.):

The purpose of this course is to study general mechanisms of drugs & chemicals action responsible for pharmacological or toxic effects, processes affecting the fate of drugs in the body, endogenous substances that alter biochemical & physiological processes which may have some implications in the origin, prevention, diagnosis & cure of diseases. In this part of pharmacology students study drugs & chemicals that affect, peripheral nervous system, cardiovascular system respiratory system, kidney, blood, inflammation & immune response.

501365 Biostatistics (2 Cr.Hr.)

This course is a science of collecting, summarizing, presenting and analyzing data. This leads to conclusion and subsequent decision. It also involves those techniques of the general statistics that can be used in biological field. It is classified into descriptive statistics: that describe or presentation of the data in tabular or diagrammatic as well as numerical forms; and general statistics: where significant tests were applied to obtain a conclusion like “Z “–test, “t” – test, ANOVA, “chi” square test… Etc.


501412 Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Immunology (3 Cr.Hr.):

The course aim is to teach the students the application of microbiology in the different aspects of pharmacy, with a particular emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry. This includes the principles of disinfecting, sterilization, preservation, good manufacturing practice, contamination of pharmaceutical products & quality assurance, in addition to study the host immune system and manufacture of vaccines.

   501414 Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Immunology Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

This practical course provides the student with the methods of monitoring sterilization, evaluation of disinfectants and preservation, biological assays (MIC and MLC). In addition to some experiments of immunodiagnostic tests (Agglutination and ELIZA)






501423 Phytochemistry (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course includes the study of the primary and secondary metabolites of the natural products including their structure, method of isolation, purification, identification, quantitative determination, biosynthesis and their medical uses and toxicity. This will give the students a good knowledge about the importance and uses of natural products, as volatile oil, carbohydrate and/or glycosides, alkaloids, bitter principles and other constituents from the pharmaceutical and medical points of view and how he can obtained these constituents from their natural sources. Also the students will be able to use new instrumental and chromatographic technique as TLC, GLC, HPLC, etc…


501426 Phytochemistry Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

The main goals of this course is to study the practical aspects of the chemistry of natural products, mainly methods used for screening, isolation, identification and quantitative determination of the main active constituents present in plants as volatile oil, glycosides, alkaloids, bitter principles …etc by applying a new methods as PC, TLC, GLC, HPLC. etc.

501431 Pharmacology-2 (3 Cr.Hr.):

The purpose of this course is to study endogenous substances, drugs & chemicals that have actions significant for the health & well–being of man: agent acting on the Central Nervous System, drugs used in chemotherapy of cancer & infection, hormones & their antagonists, drugs acting on the gastrointestinal tract.


501451 Clinical Biochemistry (3 Cr.Hr.)

The purpose of this course is to review basics of interest and to help students understand the role of laboratory testing in health care; including: Nitrogenous compounds, electrolytes, proteins carbohydrates, enzymes, porphyrins, lipids, endocrinology, drugs, liver, GI, pancreatic, renal, thyroid and nutrition


501452 Clinical Biochemistry Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

The aim of this course is the application of different methods for the determination of body fluids components. The test results of body fluids and biochemical changes, which occur in disease process, are discussed, correlated and interpreted as an aid diagnosis for the treatment of disease.


501461 Medicinal Chemistry-2 (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course describes the medicinal agents from both the chemical and biological aspects and covers Drugs, Hormones and related compounds, Drugs affecting metabolic function, including hypoglycemic and antithyroid agents; Prostaglandin and Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. In each class of compounds, the course accentuates the relationship of the chemical structure to the biological activity and the chemical basis of the drug action.


501462 Medicinal Chemistry Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

This practical course allows the pharmacy students to apply their basic knowledge in Instrumental and analytical chemistry in the pharmaceutical analysis. Different inorganic and organic medicinal in their pharmaceutical forms are quantitatively analyzed. In addition prescriptions containing two or more ingredients are analyzed for their active principles, also how to Identify drugs chemically.


501473 Biopharmaceutics & Pharmakokinetics (3 Cr.Hr.):

The purpose of this course is to study of the physicochemical and biological factors that influence drug absorption and bioavailability for different formulation. Studying the drug distribution in the body, protein binding, renal and heptic clearance, prediction of plasma and urine drug concentration based upon pharmacokinetic parameters after single and multiple prediction of plasma and urine drug concentration based upon pharmacokinetic parameters after single and multiple intravenous and oral dose. And dose adjusment in urimic patients.


501474 Biopharmaceutics & Pharmakokinetics Lab (1 Cr.Hr.):

The purpose of this course is to define certain pharmacokinetic parameters and the application of these parameters to selected problems, studying the effect of different factors on drug absorption.

501535 Toxicology (3 Cr.Hr.):

This subject deals with poisons that cause harmful effects to the living organism. This includes the following items: study the source of poisons or toxic agent, its absorption, distribution, as well as its metabolism. Classification of toxic agents according to the target organs that may be affected by these toxicants Examination of chemical toxicant according to exposure or specific use categories. Accordingly, it deals with toxicant found in air, soil , water, food, and the work place as well , chemicals encountered in specific use categories such as pesticides , drugs, and solvent.




501538 Pharmacology and Toxicology Lab (1Cr.Hr.):

This subject deals with experiments that explore the pharmacological activity of drugs as well as their toxicity using experimental animals. It also involves some of the pharmacokinetic properties of these drugs. This can be done in the following steps: handling the experimental animals, examine the normal behavior and characteristics and the route of drug administration to each drug. How to calculate the dose of the drug used, examine the pharmacological activity of each classes, performing a report after each experiment includes the result and the comment concerns to that experiments. Also this subject deals with poisons that cause harmful effects to the living organism. This includes the following items: study the source of poisons or toxic agent, its absorption, distribution, as well as its metabolism. Classification of toxic agents according to the target organs that may be effected by these toxicants Examination of chemical toxicant according to exposure or specific use categories. Accordingly, it deals with toxicant found in air , soil , water, food, and the work place as well , chemicals encountered in specific use categories such as pesticides, drugs, and solvent. Measurement of toxicant, prevention of toxicity and treatment of this toxicity were also taught.





501541 Clinical Pharmacy (1) (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course teaches the students how to use the drugs in the treatment of certain diseases taking into consideration the Pathophysiology and clinical presentation of these disease; clinical interpretation of laboratory results; the pharmacokinetic characteristics, side effects and drug interactions of the drugs used. The monitoring parameters of the disease and drug efficacy and toxicity are also discussed.


501549 Clinical Pharmacy (2) Lab (2 Cr.Hr.):

This course teaches the student how to apply the knowledge learned in the theoretical part of the course on actual patient cases.

   501571 Pharmaceutical Legislations & Ethics (1 Cr.Hr.):

The purpose of this course is to cite a brief summary concerned with the general history of pharmacy, and to provide an outline of Legislations that affects the practice of pharmacy in Jordan, together with an account of pathways in which Jordanian Pharmacies have developed and maintained their standard of professional conduct.


501572 Pharmacy Practice Lab (2 Cr.Hr.):

The purpose of this course is developing interpersonal skills in pharmaceutical care and pharmacy practice. Definition of pharmacy practice, pharmacists role as drug advisor and consultant, adverse reactions and drug-drug interactions and their prevention, review of pharmaceutical Latin abbreviations, self-medication and the role of pharmacist as drug expert in interviewing and advising the patient on the use of OTC medication.

501573 Drug Economics (2 Cr. Hr.):

This course is designed to provide the student with the principles of economics and pharmaceutical administration, marketing product, price, channels of distribution and promotion.

501588 Research Paper & Seminar (practical + theoretical) (4 Cr.Hr.):

This course gives the students an idea how to deal with a scientific problem and how to solve it (or write a review article with updated information about a specific problem). It consists of a literature review, the proper use of equipment and instruments, performing an experiments that deals with the research topic, analyzing the data obtained from the experiments, writing the dissertation and presenting a seminar about the work which is evaluated by faculty members.


- Elective Section Requirements:-        

501523 Drug Design (3 Cr.Hr.):

The course emphasizes a combination of fundamental and application of drug design. The strategies used by Medicinal Chemists to design new drugs to treat significant disease states are outlined. The course deals in details, with the methods used for molecular modification of known drugs, and also discusses the role of molecular modeling techniques in the development of new drugs. Different examples and applications are given.

501537 Drug Information (3 Cr.Hr.):

The purpose of this course is to provide a current comprehensive overview of relevant information and concepts for students and pharmacists involved in providing

drug information and evaluating scientific literature in the patient care setting.




501551 Pharmaceutical Technology (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course provides the students with the recent and more advanced pharmaceutical technology and dosage forms are studied during this course including the following: Sustained release technology, therapeutic rate controlling delivery system, micro encapsulation, ambulatory infusion devices, solubilization technology, including: cyclodextrin inclusion complexes and supercritical fluids. Nasal drug delivery systems and aerosols. Packaging technology and sterilization and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

501554 Dosage Forms (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the factors that must be considered in designing the most efficacious dosage form of a drug biological, physical, chemical and biochemical consideration. Mechanism of transport of drugs through biological membrane the importance of the physical-chemical properties and the biopharmaceutical characteristics of the drug in the selection of its dosage form. Novel approaches to designing the most efficacious oral and non- oral dosage forms


501557 Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) (3Cr.Hr.):

This course TMD, specifically, is a practice applied to a small group of drugs in which there is a direct relation between serum drug concentration and pharmacological response, as well as a narrow therapeutic range and for which serum drug concentrations are used in conjunction with other measures of clinical observation to assess patient status.

   Objectives: the student should learn how to use serum drug concentrations, Pharmakokinetics and pharmacodynamics to individualize and optimize patient responses to drug therapy by maintaining serum drug concentration with in therapeutic range above which drug induced toxicity occurs too often and below which the drug is too often ineffective.


501559 Quality Control (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course exposes the students to the current good manufacturing practice techniques of quality control of the following: the injections, solutions, suspension, emulsions, suppositories, topical preparations, transdermal therapeutic system, aerosols, and tablets. Packaging and labeling control, holding and distribution and laboratory control are to be studied. The current good manufacturing practice (CGMP) of ”Building and Facilities” as well as, “Sterile and aseptic manufacturing facilities and design”


501562 Medical Parasites (1 Cr.Hr.):

This course is designed to discuss the life cycle, symptoms, pathology, pathogenesis diagnosis and antiparasitic drugs of medically important parasites.



501563 Public Health & First Aids (3 Cr.Hr):

This course provides assential knowledge and skills required for prioritizing patient care in emergencies prior to hospitalization, it includes assessment of management of life threatening emergencies. In addition it provides the student an overview in community health promotion and prevention of communicable dieases.  



501566 Anticancer Drugs (1 Cr.Hr.):

This course provides student with an up-to-date review of the field of cancer chemotherapy, including some of the new approaches to biological treatments of cancer and potential targets for new drug design. A description of the pharmacology, mechanisms of action, toxicity, resistance mechanisms, and clinical usefulness of each class of drugs is given. Also rationale clinical uses of drugs in various types of cancer.



501568 Applied Pharmacognosy (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course introduces the student into the knowledge of quality control on herbal drugs, the factors affecting production of medicinally active constituents. Also, it gives general outlines on biosynthesis of natural products and importance of study of biosynthetic pathways for therapeutic gain. The course gives detailed informations about application of chromatographic and spectral methods of analysis for the separation and identification of natural products.



501576 Cosmetics and Parapharmaceuticals (1Cr. Hr.):

This course provides the students with the study of skin, nails, hair and teeth and their products. The course also includes ingredients (surface active agents, humectants, antiseptics, preservatives, antioxidants) and manufacture of Cosmetics, as well as testing of Cosmetic ingredients for their safety evaluation.

501577 Biopharmaceutical Technology (2 Cr.Hr.):

This course is designed to provide student with the basic information about enzymes, their production, immobilization technology and it's application and fermentation; covering general consideration to industrial applications. Basic genetics is given to prime up the existing familiarity and knowledge in this rapidly expanding science, recombinant - DNA technology where gene engineering, cloning and expression as well as various applications are also discussed.


501581 Hospital Pharmacy   (3 Cr.Hr.):

This course is designed to provide the student with the objective of the hospital pharmaceutical service which is safe effective medication for all patients attending hospitals and clinics and it will include: provision of services, production of medicines, patient services and provision information.