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Practical Foundations of Organic Chemistry - UTS Open
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Practical Foundations of Organic Chemistry

$ 2,000.00


22 July




8 wks


Avg 5 hrs/wk

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Lead academics

Kamal Dua

Kamal Dua
Associate Professor

Kamal is an award-winning pharmaceutics and drug delivery researcher who has deep roots in teaching, research and industry spanning three nations and two continents. He holds dual expertise in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Immunology & Microbiology and has also completed four professional diplomas in the areas of clinical research, product development, drug regulation, and documentation and intellectual property rights.

In his role as a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Health at UTS, Kamal leads a suite of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) courses where he coordinates the academic and research activities for those courses.

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Dr Gabriele De Rubis

Dr Gabriele De Rubis
Associate Lecturer

Gabriele is an Associate Lecturer in the Discipline of Pharmacy, Graduate School of Health, at UTS. He has extensive experience as an industry-based researcher, particularly in the setup and evaluation of animal (mouse and rat) models of cancer and inflammatory diseases and in the preclinical in vivo testing of the safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetic properties of novel anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Gabriele also has experience in working under ISO and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) quality standards and in the setup and coordination of formulation laboratories for the preparation of experimental drug formulates. He is a passionate and experienced teacher of chemistry, biology, and pharmaceutical sciences at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

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Explore the vital domain of organic chemistry, which plays a pivotal role in pharmaceuticals and related industries, including chemicals, cosmetics and food, driving innovation and advancements. Discover botanical structures and vitamin interactions, essential for product development, and understand the use of carbon compounds, crucial for modern manufacturing. Acquire skills to isolate high-yield organic compounds for pharmaceutical manufacturing with a focus on enzymatic processes and lab techniques used in quality control.

About this microcredential

Embark on an immersive learning journey designed to deepen your understanding of organic chemistry and its critical role in pharmaceutical manufacturing and food technologies. During this microcredential you will:

  • Explore the intricacies of carbon-containing compounds, gaining a comprehensive grasp of their structure, properties, and reactions essential for modern manufacturing processes
  • Discover the diverse functional groups present in botanical ingredients and how they relate to the molecule’s physicochemical characteristics, unlocking crucial insights for product formulation and development
  • Enhance your knowledge of vitamins and their biological interactions within the body, enabling you to optimize pharmaceutical compositions for maximum efficacy
  • Acquire practical skills in enzymatic processes and laboratory techniques, empowering you to isolate organic compounds safely and efficiently for pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Engage in industry-aligned modules that bridge academic theory with real-world applications, allowing you to apply newfound knowledge to address contemporary challenges in the pharmaceutical sector
  • Seamlessly integrate your learning into your current roles and responsibilities, positioning yourself as a valued contributor to the evolving landscape of pharmaceutical innovation
  • Stay at the forefront of industry trends and advancements, ensuring your skills remain relevant and adaptable to meet the dynamic demands of the organic chemistry field.  

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to offer a valuable opportunity to enhance your career in pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. By the successful completion of this course, you should have:

  • Developed a solid understanding of organic chemistry principles, laying a strong foundation for success in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Gained practical skills and knowledge directly applicable to industry settings, aligning with business requirements and global standards
  • Seamlessly integrated newfound expertise into your current role, fostering continuous professional development and career advancement
  • Be abreast of industry trends and innovations on both national and global scales, ensuring your skills remain relevant and competitive
  • Mastered the intricacies of medication manufacturing processes, including the identification and mitigation of contaminants, enhancing product safety and quality
  • The ability to analyse and solve complex challenges within chemical systems, contributing to advancements in pharmaceutical research and development
  • Developed critical thinking abilities through hands-on learning experiences and real-world case studies, enhancing problem-solving skills applicable across various industries
  • Established a strong professional profile in organic chemistry, unlocking further education and career opportunities in pharmaceutical manufacturing, research, and academia.

This microcredential aligns with the 2-credit point subject, Practical Foundations of Organic Chemistry (96623). This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

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Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for a general and varied audience, including, but not limited to:

  • Employees of manufacturing and allied industries who want to upgrade their career profile and employability
  • University students who want to obtain strong theoretical background with the aim of entering the manufacturing and allied industry in the area of manufacturing, quality control, quality assurance, regulatory, and other relevant industry-based positions
  • Any individual from a related field who wishes to upskill their credentials in the field.


Full price: $2,000 (GST-free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This course is delivered in a scheduled format over 8 weeks (40 hours of learning in total). Each week, participants will attend an online session where they will have the chance to apply what has been learned, ask questions and hear from other participants who are taking the course.

The scheduled Zoom workshops are led by the course facilitator and will be conducted weekly on Tuesday evenings from 5.30pm throughout the course. All learning materials including interactive, preparative content will be made available in self-paced online modules.

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Organic chemistry basics
  • Functional groups and their importance for intermolecular interactions
  • Introduction to vitamins and their industrial production
  • Vitamin types, sources and biological functions
  • Other types of dietary supplements, besides vitamins
  • The concept of catalysis and common lab procedures to synthesize and isolate organic compounds for pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Enzymes as catalysts in industrial processes
  • Analytical techniques in quality control.

Course delivery 

  • The webinar sessions for this course will be delivered on Zoom – the meeting link will be provided to enrolled participants via Canvas and email.

Course learning objectives

Organic chemistry is the study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation of carbon-containing compounds and drugs.

By the successful completion of this microcredential, you should have gained knowledge of:

  • Identification and description of the common functional groups in botanical ingredients
  • Understanding of the different vitamins and their biological interaction with the body
  • Identification and explanation of the role of enzymes, catalysis and other lab procedures to isolate organic compounds for safe use in pharmaceutical manufacturing.


In order to pass this course, participants need to achieve at least a 50 per cent grade overall, across the two assessment tasks. The final grade will be the weighted average of the two assessments, as indicated below:

  • Task 1: Molecule profiling activity (weighting - 40%). Using a hypothetical case study, characterise a given vitamin in terms of presence of specific functional groups and describe the effect of the identified functional groups on the molecule’s physicochemical characteristics. Furthermore, describe the characteristics, natural sources, biological action, and functions of the assigned vitamin.
  • Task 2: Case study on molecule to finished product (weighting - 60%). Using an industry-based scenario, and a molecule you have been assigned, you will discuss relevant steps of a proposed hypothetical pipeline outlining the most adequate lab techniques for the industrial production, separation and isolation of the molecule, and/or adequate analytical techniques for quality control and purity / contamination assessment. You will refer to the physicochemical properties of the molecule assigned as identified from relevant monographs and Pharmacopoeias.



  • To complete this online course, you will need a personal computer with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom.

Accessibility requirements


  • If you have any specific accessibility requirements, please contact elops@uts.edu.au

Contact us

Book a session

Mon 22 Jul 2024-
Fri 13 Sep 2024
Expert: Kamal Dua, Dr Gabriele De Rubis
  • Click on the underlined sessions and hours total link below to reveal specific session details.
  • Online
  • 8 sessions, 8 hours total

Enrolments are scheduled to close 11.59pm Friday, 19 July 2024 (AEST) or when all places have been filled, whichever occurs first.   


Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.