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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedSunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Parkville First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bim Graham


This unit provides students with introduction to organic chemistry. Topics include:

  • chemical structure bonding and shape
  • introduction to organic chemistry
  • alkanes and cycloalkanes
  • alkenes and alkynes
  • chirality
  • haloalkanes
  • alcohols, ethers & thiols
  • benzene and its derivatives
  • spectroscopy/pharmaceutical analysis

This unit aims:
  1. To provide the specialist background in organic chemistry necessary to understand Drug Action units in year 2;
  2. To provide essential fundamental background for Drug Delivery and Integrated therapeutics units in years 2-4.


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Apply the key concepts in chemical structure and bonding, including functional groups, to the rationalisation of reactions of organic molecules;
  2. Explain the role of molecular shapes and electronic distributions as the basis for drug-receptor interactions;
  3. Be proficient in basic laboratory techniques.


Written examination (3 hours): 80%; practical test: 10%; practical classes: 5%; tutorial classes: 5%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Bim Graham

Contact hours

51 contact hours per semester (lectures 30 x 1 hour; practicals 5 x 3 hour; tutorials 6 x 1 hour)

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: