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

Course Coordinator: Daria Camera

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7273

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.02.051

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 BP184 Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Pharmaceutical Science):

  • Exhibiting breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO1)
  • Communication and Teamwork (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 3 hours of lectures/workshops and 1 hour of self-directed learning per week. 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.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).


Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Written reports

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Practical and workshop reports

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

Assessment 3: Workshop oral presentations

Weighting 15% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment 4: Scientific poster

Weighting 25% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4