Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedSunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Parkville Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bim Graham (Parkville); Dr Thet Thet Htar (Sunway)


This unit provides students with introduction to the chemistry of biomolecules. Topics include:

  • Amines
  • Coordination compounds
  • Aldehydes and Ketones
  • Carboxylic Acids and Functional Derivatives
  • Organic Polymer Chemistry
  • Carbohydrates
  • Amino Acids and Proteins
  • Nucleic Acids
  • Lipids
  • Drug Stability & Metabolism
  • Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry

This unit aims:
  1. To provide the specialist background in organic chemistry and chemistry of biomolecules necessary to understand Drug Action units in year 2;
  2. To provide essential fundamental background for Drug Delivery and Integrated therapeutics units in years 2-4.


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

  1. Apply the key concepts in chemical structure and bonding, including functional groups and biomolecules, to the rationalisation of reactions of organic 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.


Written examination (3 hours): 80%; practical test: 10%; practical classes: 5%; tutorial classes: 5%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Bim Graham

Contact hours

54 contact hours per semester (lectures 30 x 1 hour; practicals 6 x 3 hour; tutorials 6 x 1 hour)

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