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Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

PHA 6936 Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Credits: 1

This one-credit course is a two-day orientation and final comprehensive examination. It will include an online orientation via BigBlueButton, the final written comprehensive examination online taken via ProctorU, and an oral examination for completion of the MS degree requirements. Students should register for this course in their final semester of their MS degree. The University of Florida requires that you are registered for the following number of credits during the term you are graduating: Summer term: 2 credit hours; Fall/Spring term: 3 credit hours. Because the Special Topics course is only 1 credit, you will need to be sure you meet the credit requirement as noted above.

This course is scheduled to run each semester. Refer to Critical Dates for specific dates the course will be held each term. Students are required to pass this class in order to receive their MS degree.

Please note that you will have to take at least one full day off from work and/or other responsibilities to take the written exams. We do recommend taking additional time off for the oral examination. We will attempt to schedule the exam during the day in your time zone. Please have a photo identification (driver’s license, passport) ready so the proctor can identify you and ensure that you are the person taking the exam.

You will be informed by the instructor if you passed the written exams within 24 hours. The oral exam will be scheduled ahead of the written exams and needs to be completed no later than 2 days following the written exams.

We cannot provide make-up exams during the same semester. If you fail to attend the written exams at the predetermined times you will have to enroll in the course again the following semester. If you do not pass the exam you will also need to enroll in the course again the following semester.

Outline of special topics schedule:

  • Day 1 (evening via BigBlueButton) – Introduction and Orientation
  • Day 2- Morning: Essay paper, 3 hours; Afternoon: Multiple choice, 2 hours
  • Day 3- Oral examination

Students should login to this course on Canvas as they would with any other course. Use this site to ask study questions and receive further information about the special topics exams. The written exams will be proctored using ProctorU (please see technical requirements on this website:

More information about ProctorU including a student orientation is provided on their website: Following is a brief video that introduces how the exam can be taken on your computer:

In order to attend the BigBlueButton session and take the oral examination, you will need the following equipment:

  • Web camera or built-in camera for laptops
  • Microphone (built-in with web camera or separate)
  • Stable (preferably hard-wired) internet connection

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Oliver Grundmann.

Note: Although the focus of the written exams will be on the content of core courses, students are still expected to be able to draw on information from all courses completed as part of their MS degree.

Core courses for Pharmaceutical Chemistry:

  • PHA6432 Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • PHA6444 Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1
  • PHA6543 Pharmaceutical Chemistry 2
  • PHA6417 Pharmaceutical Analysis 2 (or PHA6935 Organic Structure Elucidation)
  • VME6766 Laboratory Quality Assurance & Quality Control

Required Material

No required materials


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