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MCHM4104: Medicinal Chemistry Honours Project B

Independent research can be a life changing experience. In this unit you will extend your undergraduate training in medicinal chemistry by undertaking a research project in an area of medicinal chemistry that interests you under the guidance and mentorship of a supervisor. Together with your supervisor, you will identify a novel research question and develop hypotheses. You will then design and carry out experiments to test your hypotheses. You will communicate the research plan and findings through written tasks and oral presentations culminating in an Honours thesis. Successful completion of your Honours will clearly demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for undertaking a PhD or for a variety of future careers.


Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Unit code MCHM4104
Unit name Medicinal Chemistry Honours Project B
Session, year
Semester 1, 2022
Attendance mode Supervision
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Nicolas Dzamko,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Oral Presentation
Oral Presentation
20% Formal exam period 25 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Honours thesis Honours Thesis
10,000 word Thesis
80% Formal exam period
Due date: 09 Nov 2022 at 23:59
10,000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1



Due Date



09/11/22 23:59

Oral Presentation



Assessment criteria

Mark range



Outstanding quality of research thesis and presentation, demonstrating independent thought throughout, a flair for the subject, comprehensive knowledge of the subject area and a level of achievement similar to that expected in an international academic journal publication. This mark reflects an exceptional achievement with a high degree of initiative and self-reliance, considerable student input into the direction of the study, and critical evaluation of the established work in the area.


Very high standard of work similar to above but lower level of performance in certain evaluative categories.


Clear quality of research, showing a command of the field both broad and deep, and with the ability to present novel insights. The work will show clear conceptual framing, accurate and appropriate positioning of the research within the discipline, clear familiarity with and ability to use appropriate methodology and experimental practices relevant to the discipline, and the ability to report the significance of conclusions or findings. The student will have demonstrated clear evidence of independence of thought and made a major contribution to the originality of ideas presented in the work.



The work shows a command of the theory and practice of the discipline. The student will have demonstrated their ability to conduct work at an independent level and complete tasks in a timely manner, and have an adequate understanding of the background factual basis of the subject. The student shows initiative but a lesser  originality of insights compared to higher grades. The work shows the student has a level of dedication  and capability for undertaking a higher degree.



The work shows some proficiency in the theory and practice of the discipline but has less  mastery or clarity of presentation, data analysis or research design.



Performance indicates that the student has successfully completed the work, but at a standard barely meeting Honours criteria. The student’s understanding of the topic is extremely limited and they have shown little or no independence of thought or performance.


Less than 64

Student has not demonstrated the learning outcomes.


Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

‘ In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after the deadline: Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date. After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.’

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Ongoing Honours Thesis & Oral Presentation Project (700 hr) LO1 LO2

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. To conduct scientific research and write a thesis
  • LO2. To conduct scientific research and deliver an oral presentation

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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