Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ben Capuano


This unit was previously coded as PSC3182 - Research Project


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 be able to:

  1. demonstrate an enhanced understanding and ability to interpret aspects of the basic science concepts supporting medicinal chemistry.
  2. competently undertake a review of the literature and present a comprehensive evaluation of the literature.
  3. demonstrate some basic skills in developing and planning a research project.
  4. competently use relevant analytical instrumentation, design and conduct experimental procedures and methodologies.
  5. undertake data manipulation and analysis and have a detailed understanding of the results.
  6. communicate the outcomes of the project in the form of an oral presentation and a written scientific report in the form of a journal publication.



Written report (mini-thesis): 60%; laboratory work: 20%; oral presentation; 20%

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty 7-hour practical laboratories

Additional requirements:

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


PSC2021 Structural Organic Chemistry
PSC2031 Analytical methods
PSC2122 Synthetic Organic Chemistry

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