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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 Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bim Graham


The two main aims of this unit are to:

  1. To provide the specialist background in organic chemistry.
  2. To provide essential fundamental background for other aspects of pharmaceutical sciences.

This unit provides students with introduction to the chemistry of biomolecules. Topics include:
  • Amines
  • Coordination compounds
  • Aldehydes and Ketones
  • Carboxylic Acids and Functional Derivatives
  • Enolate Anions
  • Organic Polymer Chemistry
  • Carbohydrates
  • Amino Acids and Proteins
  • Nucleic Acids
  • Lipids
  • Drug Stability & Metabolism
  • Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry


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

  1. Apply the key concepts in chemical structure and bonding, including functional groups and biomolecules, 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

54 contact hours per semester: thirty 1 hour lectures, six three hour practicals and six 1 hour tutorials

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