Course Title: Professional Research Project 1: Development and Implementation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Research Project 1: Development and Implementation

Credit Points: 36.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Trisha Jenkins

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 9925 6523

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 223.02.01B

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Students are expected to have a sound background knowledge in the discipline area of pharmacology, clinical trials, and pharmaceutical regulatory affairs.

Course Description

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real workplace context and where feedback from industry is to your experience.

Professional skills are acquired during a period of supervised placement in either a pharmaceutical company, or research laboratory, clinical trials organisation or government regulatory authority.  The course covers the first half of the placement year, and aims to provide students with experience, skills, knowledge and attributes that characterise a pharmaceutical science professional that can only be obtained in the workplace.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH121:

  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO1)
  • Communication and teamwork (PLO2)
  • Investigation and analysis (PLO3)
  • Accountability for your own professional learning and conduct (PLO4)

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Competently use modern equipment and information technology relevant to your placement position
  2. Integrate theoretical and practical skills acquired in an academic environment with the skills expected of a pharmaceutical science professional
  3. Related medical and scientific ethics, professional legislative and regulatory requirements to practice in the pharmaceutical and related industries
  4. Recognise and manage appropriately typical health and safety issues affecting work practices in the pharmaceutical industry and related areas
  5. Display enterprise and personal skills such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, decision making, initiative and creativity
  6. Reflect upon and critically analyse your experience during your period of work placement

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities for this course depend on your placement position and workplace.

Teaching schedules will vary based on the work place in which you are placed.

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources available during this course include the library resources of RMIT, plus the full resources of the pharmaceutical organisation in which the student is placed. The course will also have a BlackBoard site for the conduct of an online conference throughout the semester, and for the access of documents and learning materials related to the course.

Other Resources 
myRMIT will be used to disseminate materials, provide you access to assessment, and for your to participate in online discussion and group work activities.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1: Workplace visit

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment Task 2: Literature review

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment Task 3: Organisational analysis

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment Task 4: Performance appraisal

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6