Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2012 (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.

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