Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ben Capuano


Note: This unit was previously title Research Project with the code PSC3182


This unit aims to provide students with a foundation for the development of research skills in the area of medicinal chemistry. Students will conduct preliminary medicinal chemistry research encompassing one or more of the core competencies that underpin the degree program, namely chemical synthesis, analysis, structural biology and computational chemistry.

This will involve:

  • synthetic organic chemistry
  • structural biology
  • computational chemistry
  • pharmacological screening
  • x-ray crystallography
  • biochemistry.


At the end of this unit students will:

  1. Have an improved knowledge and better understanding of some aspects of the basic science concepts supporting medicinal chemistry;
  2. Be able to undertake a review of the literature and present an evaluation of the literature;
  3. Have a basic understanding of the process involved in developing and planning a research project;
  4. Be competent to use relevant analytical instrumentation, conduct experimental procedures and methodologies;
  5. Be able to undertake data manipulation and analysis and have a basic understanding the results;
  6. Be able to communicate the outcomes of the project in the form of an oral presentation and a written scientific report.


Written report (mini-thesis): 60%; laboratory work: 30%; oral presentation; 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty 7-hour practical laboratories

Additional requirements:

  • Sixteen hours of independent study (report writing and oral presentation)


PSC2021 Structural Organic Chemistry
PSC2031 Analytical methods
PSC2122 Synthetic Organic Chemistry

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