Course Title: Professional Skills Development for the Pharmaceutical Scientist

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Skills Development for the Pharmaceutical Scientist

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Paul Bertrand

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7898

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.041

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Course Description

This is a Work Integrated Learning course which prepares you for placement and future employment through a combination of:

  • workshops on topics important to your future position as a pharmaceutical scientist including writing a good resume, preparing for interview, and professional presentation
  • discussions on completing background research of organizations and interpreting position descriptions
  • working in teams to practice and critique presentation and interviews

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Pharmaceutical Sciences BP311:

  • Communication and teamwork (PLO 3)
  • Investigation and Analysis (PLO 4)
  • Accountability for your own learning and professional conduct (PLO 5)

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Present yourself in both written and oral form that showcases your qualifications and education, experience and skills.
  2. Recognize through investigation and research an organisation's role within the health and pharmaceutical industry and their requirements in terms of skills and experience for individual positions
  3. Understand the level of professionalism required for placement and employment
  4. Present yourself for interview in the best prepared and professional light.
  5. Work effectively in a team environment.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course includes interactive learning workshop sessions.  Components of the work are designed to alert and assist students to the importance of preparation and practice for future employment.   You will undertake the equivalent of 5 hours per week for one semester, comprising workshop sessions in the first part of the semester followed by professional interviews. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of five 5 hours per week in independent preparation.

Overview of Learning Resources

This 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: Curriculum Vitae (written)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Workshop activities (written)

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Reflection (written)

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Practice interviews and professional interviews (oral)

Weighting 1 x 20% and 1 x 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4