PSC3132 - Professional Experience in Medicinal Chemistry - 2018

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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ben Capuano


Dr Ben Capuano

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


PSC2021 Structural Organic Chemistry

PSC2122 Synthetic Organic Chemistry


This unit was previously entitled Medicinal Chemistry Research Placement


This unit will provide students with a four-week experience working in a research or industry setting relevant to medicinal chemistry. Students will participate in a hands-on project at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (MIPS) or at an industry site under the supervision of an academic staff member or industry mentor.

The research/industry project will give students the opportunity to expand their scientific understanding and practical skills and to practice their ability to work in a professional environment.

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


After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify areas of interest for their future career;
  2. Participate effectively in interviews and write a professional resume;
  3. Work safely and effectively in a professional environment;
  4. Design an evidence-based experimental approach to solving a problem or research question;
  5. Conduct an experimental investigation including data documentation, analysis and interpretation;
  6. Communicate the project outcomes in written and oral form;
  7. Reflect on their professional experience.


Written report: 60%; laboratory work: 20%; Oral presentation; 20%

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 20 x 7 hours of practical work

Additional requirements:

  • Students will participate in a placement training and selection process in semester one (ten hours of workshops and interviews).
  • 10 hours of independent study (preparation of the written report and the oral presentation)

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