Courses & Units

Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development CSA225


This unit covers fundamental features and current methods involved in the medicinal chemistry and drug development process. The unit emphasises on lead identification, lead optimisation and the introduction of new drugs into clinical practice. It deals with specific case studies that examine real life drug discovery projects and how a range of drug design techniques are applied in each case. Novel drug delivery systems (e.g. recombinant DNA technology, liposome, gene therapy, monoclonal antibodies etc.) are also covered in detail. In addition, the study of chemical structure as a determinant of both the physicochemical properties and biological activity (including metabolic fate) of drug molecules of both synthetic and natural origin are also covered in detail.


Unit name Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Development
Unit code CSA225
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Rahul Patel
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental and scientific principles of drug discovery and drug development in the context of the clinical application of medicines.
  • Describe the available options and demonstrate appropriateness of various drug delivery methods and technology.
  • Describe basic / advanced biological pathways of metabolism and excretion of drugs, and factors that influence these processes in determining the biological activity of drugs.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
019907 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

Self-directed online learning activities (3-hours weekly) and workshops (2-hours weekly)

AssessmentExamination 1 (30%)|Examination 2 (35%)|Examination 3 (35%)
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