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Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM90040)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeCHEM90040
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will explore modern drug design principles, as well as the molecular basis of therapeutic activity and methods of synthesis of various drugs. Case studies will be used to highlight the discovery and development of important drug classes.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Understand the basic process of drug design and development
  • Discuss the role of the chemical sciences in drug discovery
  • Illustrate their knowledge of enzyme mechanism for medicinally-important biological enzymes
  • Apply critical thought to the understanding of organic chemistry in drug development

Generic skills

  • advanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • an ability to evaluate the professional literature
  • an understanding of the changing knowledge base
  • a capacity to apply concepts developed in one area to a different context
  • the ability to use conceptual models to rationalize experimental observations

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • At the 9-lecture mark each subject will be assessed by a written assignment of 1000 words during the subject (25%)
  • 1.5 hour of examination after completion of the subject (this is seen as equivalent to 1500 words) (75%)

Dates & times

  • July
    Principal coordinatorColette Boskovic
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment85 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 6 September 2019
    Last self-enrol date 6 August 2019
    Census date 9 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail30 August 2019
    Assessment period ends13 September 2019

Further information

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Last updated: 20 June 2019