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 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Martin Scanlon


Previously coded PSC2182


An introduction to the major techniques which underpin the practical aspects of compound identification for medicinal chemistry: UV spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, Mass spectroscopy and NMR spectroscopy.


After completing this unit students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Describe how spectroscopic techniques can be used in the process of identification of small drug like molecules;
  2. Describe briefly the phenomena behind the spectroscopic techniques;
  3. Analyse UV, IR, 1D NMR and Mass spectra of an unknown molecules and to use these to determine their structure;
  4. Analyse 2D NMR spectra as a means to assign the NMR spectra of more complex molecules;
  5. Demonstrate the correct reporting of spectroscopic data as used in medicinal chemistry.


Final exam (3 hour): 60%; Mid-semester exam: 20%; Practical assessments: 20%.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Thirty six hours of lectures
  • Three hours of tutorials
  • Seven hours computer aided learning
  • Five 3-hour practical classes

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