Pharmaceutical Chemistry

10 Units

Provides students with knowledge of the chemistry relevant to the study of pharmaceutical drugs; an overview of the structure-activity relationships of a variety of drug classes; introduces the process of drug discovery; and the methodologies of rational drug design.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Availability Trimester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the importance of chemistry in the development and application of therapeutic drugs.
  2. Develop an understanding of the physico-chemical properties of drugs.
  3. Obtain a working knowledge of chemical structures and nomenclature.
  4. Gain an appreciation of the importance of ionisation of drugs with respect to the solubility and efficacy of drugs;
  5. Understand how current drugs were developed and how new scientific techniques will provide future drugs.
  6. Understand how changes in the chemical structure of drugs affect efficacy;
  7. Have been introduced to a variety of drug classes and some pharmacological properties;
  8. Develop an understanding of the principles of analytical techniques.
  1. Drug discovery
  2. Stereochemistry and drug-target interactions
  3. Medicinal chemistry of selected drug classes
  4. Ionisation of pharmaceutical compounds
  5. Chemical nomenclature
  6. Techniques for drug analysis
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.
Assumed Knowledge Entry level requirements for Master of Pharmacy
Assessment Items
  • In Term Test: Mid-Tri Exam *
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment *
  • Formal Examination: Formal Exam *
Contact Hours
  • Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Weeks
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6114
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