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PSC1022

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Faculty

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Coordinator(s)

Dr David Manallack

Offered

Parkville

  • Second semester 2016 (Day)

Synopsis

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

Topics include:

  • amines
  • aldehydes and ketones
  • carboxylic acids and functional derivatives
  • lipids
  • organic polymer chemistry
  • carbohydrates
  • amino acids and proteins
  • nucleic acids
  • perspectives in medicinal chemistry
  • coordination compounds

Outcomes

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.

Assessment

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

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