Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bim Graham


Previously titled Organic chemistry II


This unit provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and the chemistry of biomolecules, with an emphasis on those aspects that are relevant to understanding the structure, properties and mechanism of action of therapeutic agents.

Topics include:

  • amines
  • aldehydes and Ketones
  • carboxylic acids and functional derivatives
  • coordination compounds
  • organic polymer chemistry
  • carbohydrates
  • amino acids and proteins
  • nucleic acids
  • lipids
  • bioconjugates and nanomaterial's


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 rationalising the shape, properties and reactions of 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.


Final written examination (3 hours): 65%; mid-semester test: 10%; practical classes: 10%; tutorial classes: 10%, in-class exercises 5%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Contact hours for on-campus students:
Twenty five 1-hour lectures
Six 1-hour tutorials
Five 3-hour lab practicals
Three 2-hour computer-based tutorials

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