Course Title: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Celine Valery

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7482

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.038

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course provides students with an introduction to skills and issues that will be important to them throughout their career, including scientific methods and practice, learning skills, information retrieval and application, and applies them through consideration of topics and issues within the context of the Pharmaceutical Sciences profession. In addition, the course will facilitate the transition from previous study to the RMIT learning environment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following program level outcomes for BP311 Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences:

  • Exhibiting depth and breadth of scientific knowledge
    Develop a broad and coherent body of knowledge particularly in biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology (PLO1)
  • Communication and Teamwork
    Develop skills to effectively communicate, both orally and written (PLO3)

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Search, review and analyse the scientific literature in the field,
  2. Develop skills in public speaking
  3. Work effectively in a team environment
  4. Develop basic knowledge in the models and theories of scientific enquiry and methodology 
  5. Develop basic knowledge in the analysis of data for scenarios related to Pharmaceutical Sciences
  6. Develop written communication skills

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will include a wide range of learning activities designed to stimulate an interest in both general science and discipline specific components relative to a Pharmaceutical Scientist.  The course includes lectures and interactive learning workshop sessions to provide students with a working knowledge of scientific communication, the pharmaceutical and related health industry and biomedical science practice.  Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking, problem solving skills and confidence in presentation and team working.

You will take 4 hours of lectures/workshops.  It is expected that you spend a minimum of 6 hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course will use notes and on-line resources as its primary tools.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Written assignment

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Workshop reports

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

Assessment 3:  Oral presentations

Weighting 15% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment 4: Scientific research poster (team work)

Weighting 35% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4