Medicinal Chemistry (8343.4)
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|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Recognise chemical structures of common medicinal agents and understand the reactivity of common functional groups;
2. Describe the mode of action of biologically active compounds;
3. Be familiar with the methods used to develop new chemical entities with pharmacologic activity as well as optimise existing drugs;
4. Apply their knowledge to the chemical basis for synthesis of medicinal products and relate their chemical knowledge to the issues confronting pharmaceutical scientists;
5. Use the organic reactions that they have previously encountered to design syntheses of biologically active compounds;
6. Use their knowledge about functional groups and properties to predict the physical and chemical properties of the biologically active compounds; and
7. Develop their generic skills and attributes in communication and lifelong learning.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
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2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
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3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
PrerequisitesChemistry 1b, 1517, or equivalent.
Assumed knowledgeBasics in chemistry.
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Ashraf Ghanem " Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry" First edition 2011
This text will be available on Canvas site.
Recommended reading book
Graham L. Patrick "An introduction to Medicinal Chemistry" Fourth edition, 2010
This text is available for temporary loan in the University of Canberra Library.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Lab/Tut handouts should be submitted by the end of each lab/tut session. The end of semester lab report should be submitted online via the unit Canvas site. The first page of each assessment submission should include the following information:
Date of Submission:
Assignment Extension: Approval of extenuating circumstances will be dependent upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.
Special assessment requirements
Students must achieve an overall mark of 50 % or higher to pass this unit. The following criteria must also be satisfied to pass this unit:
- Participation in laboratory and tutorial sessions is a compulsory condition of this unit. A student must participate in at least 80 % of the laboratory and tutorial sessions in order to pass the unit.
- Attempt all assessment items
- A minimum of 50 % in each assessment item (i.e. the laboratory assessments, tutorial assessments, and average of 50% in both/combined written examinations; MST + EST = 35/70) must be achieved in order to pass the unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Each week there are 2 hours of lectures online and 4 hours of lab/tutorial on campus. Students are expected to spend an additional 6 hours per week on study and completion of assessment items.
Participation in laboratory and tutorial sessions is a compulsory condition of this unit. A student must participate in at least 80 % of the laboratory and tutorial sessions in order to pass the unit. In the event that you cannot attend your assigned laboratory or tutorial session due to illness or unavoidable commitments you will need to provide a medical or counsellor's certificate or a letter from your employer.
Required IT skills
Students should have computer skills
Labcoat and safety glasses
Work placement, internships or practicums
Laboratory training on sophisticated technology used in industry will be provided in this unit.