PSC1021 - Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry I - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Associate Professor Bim Graham

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of organic chemistry, with an emphasis on those aspects that are relevant to understanding the structure, properties and mechanism of action of therapeutic agents.

Topics include:

  • chemical structure, bonding and shape
  • alkanes and cycloalkanes
  • alkenes and alkynes
  • chirality
  • haloalkanes
  • alcohols, ethers and thiols
  • benzene and its derivatives
  • spectroscopy/pharmaceutical analysis


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

  1. Apply the key concepts in chemical structure and bonding, including functional groups, to rationalising the shape, properties and reactions of molecules;
  2. Explain the role of molecular shapes and electronic distributions as the basis for drug-receptor interactions;
  3. Be proficient in basic laboratory techniques.


Final written examination (3 hours): 60%; mid-semester test: 10%; practical classes: 15%; tutorial classes: 10%; in-class exercises: 5%

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty five 1-hour lectures
  • Six 1-hour tutorials
  • Five 3-hour lab practicals
  • Three 3-hour computer-based workshops

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