HMM304 - Therapeutic Development


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

HMM202 or SLE212

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour live online lecture in weeks 1-11
1 x 1 hour (equivalent) additional online learning content/activity in weeks 1-11
1 x 1 hour live on-campus seminar in weeks 2-11


This unit describes how therapeutics such as pharmacological drugs are discovered and developed, in order to treat disease. Non-targeted and targeted drug discovery is discussed, in addition to target validation, in the contexts of big pharmaceutical companies and smaller research laboratories. Drug development strategies and pipelines that are adopted by big pharmaceutical companies are then described, including the chemical optimisation of lead compounds, pre-clinical and clinical trials, commercialisation and post-market considerations.

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