PSC3132 - Medicinal Chemistry Research Placement - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Ben Capuano

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


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
  • chemical analysis and characterisation
  • structural biology & x-ray crystallography
  • computational chemistry
  • biophysical techniques
  • biochemistry

This unit is designed for the student who may wish to pursue further study in research-orientated postgraduate programs.

In addition students participate in activities to develop their job seeking and career planning skills, for example, writing resumes, job applications and cover letters, and interview techniques.


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.
  7. develop their job seeking and career planning skills.


Written report (mini-thesis): 60%; laboratory work: 20% (supervisor's mark including initiative, technical capacity, teamwork and project understanding); 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

PSC2122 Synthetic Organic Chemistry

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