IMPROVING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN NATURAL PRODUCT CHEMITRY COURSE TROUGH LABORATORY ACTIVITY

Aliefman Hakim

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Summary: Natural product chemistry examines the type, distribution, and function of secondary metabolite derived from plant, animal, or microorganisms. Indonesia has a very high plant diversity, so Indonesia has great potential to advance natural product chemistry. Diversity of secondary metabolites requires isolation biodiversity hrough extraction, fractionation, purification, and identification of secondary metabolites. These activities can be done through a practicum. Laboratory activity is an important component of undergraduate chemitry education. Nevertheless, in Indonesia natural product chemistry course is not supported by laboratory activities although Indonesia has a very high diversity of plants that can be used in natural product chemistry laboratory. By considering the point, this peper discusses the type of laboratory instructions styles that appropriate for natural product chemitry course.

Key words: Natural product chemistry , secondary metabolite, plant diversity, Indonesia, Laboratory activity


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