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PC1103 - Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

This subject builds on the content of CH1001 and covers major principles and reactions in organic, physical and pharmaceutical chemistry and their relevance to pharmacy and biological systems. The organic chemistry section will introduce general features of organic reactions, will discuss selected reaction mechanisms, will provide experimental and instrumental techniques for structure determination and will cover the stereochemistry of hydrocarbons. The physical chemistry section will discuss principles of chemical kinetics, will introduce redox and electrochemistry, will describe intramolecular forces and will cover gas laws. The pharmaceutical chemistry section will introduce drug discovery and development processes, will discuss structure-activity relationship studies, will present combinatorial chemistry as a source of drug molecules, will describe patents and 'Patent Busting' and will present selected drug development case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop competence in appropriate laboratory techniques, especially those relevant to the determination of drug structure and activity;
  • describe the physical chemistry concepts which underpin the understanding of pharmaceutics and the dosage form, e.g., reaction kinetics, phase equilibria and colligative properties;
  • describe organic concepts, which can be applied to drug molecules and cellular biochemistry, e.g., chemical reactions and the mechanisms through which they occur;
  • apply analytical techniques used to determine organic molecules such as drug products;
  • demonstrate an understanding of basic pharmaceutical chemistry concepts, e.g., structure-activity relationships and drug development strategies.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (55%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination - In class - (15%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (10%) - Group
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (20%) - Individual.
Assumed
Knowledge:
As this is a level 1 subject in the BPharm(Hons) pathway, students will be expected to have the standard entry requirements for the degree pathway.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
CH1002

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Mixed attendance
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Face to face teaching (Combination of Online Learning activities, GLS, Workshops and Practicals)
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 12 hours practicals
  • 4 hours workshops
  • 24 hours - Guided Learning Session
  • 36 hours online interactive lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Mackay, Study Period 2, Mixed attendance
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Face to face teaching (Combination of Online Learning activities, GLS, Workshops and Residential)
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 12 hours practicals - Residential
  • 4 hours workshops
  • 24 hours - Guided Learning Session
  • 36 hours online interactive lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 2, Mixed attendance
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Face to face teaching (Combination of Online Learning activities, GLS, Workshops and Practicals)
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 12 hours practicals
  • 4 hours workshops
  • 24 hours - Guided Learning Session
  • 36 hours online interactive lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.