Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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 Jamie Simpson


This unit highlights new and emerging chemical technologies used in the drug discovery and development process, through a series of short topics taught by active researchers in the topics. The unit will build on the previous units of the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science. Computer-based practical exercises are used employed to develop skills in computational techniques. A literature assignment will be carried out in small teams and will help students learn how teams work together and develop skills in reading the literature.


During the course of this unit, students will learn about a number of cutting edge chemical technologies specifically implemented in the pharmaceutical sciences.

As such, while the specific topics will change regularly, students will

  • Understand selected technologies underpinning recently developed chemistry relevant to the pharmaceutical sciences
  • Be able to apply knowledge of specific technologies in predicting and evaluating chemical research results in the pharmaceutical sciences
  • Develop their ability to engage with the chemical literature and critically interpret research publications.


Final exam (2.5 hour): 80%; written/oral assignments/computer practical exercises: 20%.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Contact hours for on-campus students:
Thirty six 1-hour lectures or whole class tutorials
Fourteen hours computer practical exercises
Four hours assignment presentation


PSC2011 Pharmaceutical biochemistry
PSC2031 Analytical methods (previously coded PSC2021)
PSC2121 Synthetic chemistry I
PSC2141 Computational chemistry I
PSC2062 Pharmacology
PSC2182 Introduction to spectroscopy
PSC2092 Molecular cell biology
PSC2122 Synthetic chemistry II

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