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 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)

On completion of this course the students will: 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 drug with respect to the partitioning,solubility and efficacy of drugs; 5. Understand how current drugs were developed and how new scientific techniques will provide future drugs. 6. Develop an appreciation of the process of structure analysis and the quantification of drug concentrations. 7. Describe how chemical changes in the chemical structure of drugs affect efficacy. 8. Develop an appreciation of a variety of drug classes.

  1. pH and ionisation of pharmaceutical compounds
  2. Chemical nomenclature
  3. Stereochemistry of drugs
  4. Drug discovery
  5. Analysis of drugs
  6. Medicinal Chemistry
Replacing Course(s) Replacing PHAR6016 Pharmaceutical Chemistry 10 Units.
Transition There are no students requiring transition arrangements
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Entry level requirements for Master of Pharmacy
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Problem Based Learning
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Class - Mid trimester
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment during trimester
  • Examination: Formal - End of trimester.
  • Other: (please specify) - Students must achieve a passing grade in the combined examination assessment (mid-term and final examination) and pass all other assessment to be able to obtain a passing or higher grade in this course. Students must demonstrate competency in the theoretical knowledge that forms part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
  • Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 3 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6114

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