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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 David Chalmers


To explain the processes whereby new drugs are discovered and developed, from initial ideas through to full clinical use in man, and to illustrate the interphase between the biosciences and pharmaceutical business.

This will involve:

  • drug lead identification
  • target identification and validation
  • proteomics, genomics and pharmacogenomics
  • drugs to treat infectious diseases and the use of bioisosteres in drug design
  • Target identification, validation and biological evaluation
  • the importance and application of pharmaceutics in drug development
  • the clinical trial process
  • Intellectual Property
  • Computational aspects of drug discovery


At the end of this unit students will have an understanding of:

  1. The major approaches to drug discovery
  2. The process of identifying a drug target and the steps required to validate that target
  3. Drugs that treat infectious diseases and approaches to developing those drugs
  4. The importance of pharmaceutics in drug development
  5. Regulatory requirements for drugs
  6. The clinical trial process
  7. Legal documentation of pharmaceutical product invention
  8. Computational methods in drug discovery


Final exam (2 hour): 70%; written assignment: 15%; oral presentation: 15%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr David Chalmers

Contact hours

36 1 hour lectures


VPS2062 Pharmacology or PAC2182 Basis of Drug Action I
VPS2092 Molecular Cell Biology or PAC2151 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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