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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
OfferedParkville First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bim Graham


This unit aims to provide a specialist background in organic chemistry and provide a fundamental background for other aspects of pharmaceutical sciences. 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


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: thirty 1 hour lectures, five 3 hour practicals and six 1 hour tutorials.

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