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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

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

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedSunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Parkville Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bim Graham (Parkville); Dr Thet Thet Htar (Sunway)


This unit provides students with introduction to the chemistry of biomolecules. Topics include:

  • Amines
  • Coordination compounds
  • Aldehydes and Ketones
  • Carboxylic Acids and Functional Derivatives
  • Organic Polymer Chemistry
  • Carbohydrates
  • Amino Acids and Proteins
  • Nucleic Acids
  • Lipids
  • Drug Stability & Metabolism
  • Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry

This unit aims:
  1. To provide the specialist background in organic chemistry and chemistry of biomolecules 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 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 (lectures 30 x 1 hour; practicals 6 x 3 hour; tutorials 6 x 1 hour)

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