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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
OfferedParkville First semester 2011 (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: