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 David Morton


This unit is designed to introduce the students to the major fields of the applied sciences in which pharmaceutical scientists specialise. Participants are introduced to the following areas as they apply to the chemistry, biology and formulation of medicines and related products:

  • medicinal chemistry
  • drug discovery biology
  • formulation science

Students will also have the opportunity to attend specialised seminars on pharmaceutical science research.


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain to peers how drugs have been discovered in the past and how molecular biological methods have revolutionised the science of drug discovery;
  2. Understand and describe how molecular, cellular, tissue and in vivo biological assays each play a role in drug discovery;
  3. Apply the principles involved in chemical synthesis of drugs;
  4. Apply the principles of chemical structure-based drug design;
  5. Apply the principles in the processes of lead optimization;
  6. Apply basic formulation concepts to the underlying requirements for formulating products with different types of product including; powders (including solid compacts), solids, semi-solids and liquids including suspensions and emulsions;
  7. Be able to discuss how poisons and dangerous substances are controlled by legislation;
  8. Produce a project plan with Gannt Charts, Work Breakdown Structures ;
  9. Use Microsoft project to produce project plans.


Active learning project presentation: 60% (20% per field covered) ; written quizzes: 10%; participation in co-curricular activities: 10%; project management oral presentation and team project: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Contact hours for on-campus students:
Thirty six lectures
Twenty one hours tutorials
Twelve hours of Workshop practicals
Seven hours of independant study per week
Three hours industry visit

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