BP311 - Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Plan: BP311 - Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Campus: Bundoora Campus

Overview

Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Award abbreviation: BPharmSc
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/health-and-biomedical-sciences/
ASCED code: 010999
CRICOS code: 092330J

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences program covers all aspects of the drug discovery process and has been designed to prepare you for a career in the pharmaceutical industry. The Australian pharmaceutical industry has dramatically increased in the past 10 years and rapid expansion is expected to continue. As a result, the industry will require an increasing number of graduates to work in areas related to drug development including human clinical trials and drug regulations.

Helping you transition to a career in the pharmaceutical industry, are the following capstone courses:

  • ONPS2493    Pharmacology of Therapeutic Agents 1
  • ONPS2305    Drug Research and Development
  • ONPS2304    Clinical Trial Design and Management
  • ONPS2494    Pharmacology of Therapeutic Agents 2
  • ONPS2307    Preclinical Drug Testing
  • ONPS2306    Drug Regulations

This program requires on campus attendance.

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the RMIT AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science and with a major in Biomedical Science who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 are guaranteed entry with 108 credit  points. Note that graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 may still apply and may be eligible for credit.

Graduates must complete ONPS2164 Medicines, Drugs and Poisons to receive 120 credit points(=  10 courses)

NB: While the total number of credits equals 120 credits points(= 10 courses), the amount of time required to complete the remaining study may exceed  2 years.

Notes on GPA:

If you commenced AD012 in 2011, and have successfully completed it (GPA of 1 or above) you will be guaranteed entry and 120 credit points.
If you have commenced AD012 from 2012 onwards, and have successfully completed it, you will be expected to gain a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0

Course Mapping details:

Source (VE) program course to be completed:Matched destination (HE) program courses and credit points awarded
Course Code(s) and/or Unit(s) of CompetencyCourse TitlesCourse CodeCourse TitleCP
CHEM1256ChemistryCHEM1240Chemistry for Life Sciences12

BIOL2365

 

ONPS2427

Biological Principles

Cell Biology & Tissue Culture

BIOL2272Biology of the Cell12

BIOL2366

 

ONPS2430

Scientific Research Skills

Introduction to Medical Science

ONPS2302Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences12
MATH2210Data AnalysisMATH1238Statistics and Epidemiology12
BIOL2363Biochemical PrinciplesONPS2423Introduction to Medical Biochemistry12
BIOL2364Biochemistry
BIOL2361Anatomy & PhysiologyBIOL2273Principles of Human Biology12

ONPS2429

 

ONPS2431

Introduction to Genetics & Microbiology

Molecular Biology & Genetics

BIOL2257Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics12
  Two University Electives24
AND if the following Option is chosen  
ONPS2164Medicines, Drugs and PoisonsONPS2164Medicines, Drugs and Poisons12

Graduates of the RMIT C5362 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing) or C5363 Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology) who achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 are guaranteed entry with 1 year of credit (= 96 credit points).   Note that graduates with a GPA of less than 2.0 may still apply and may be eligible for credit.

NB:  While the total number of credits equals 96 credits points (= 1 year of study), the amount of time required to complete the remaining study may exceed 2 years.

Course Mapping Details:

Source (VE) program course to be completed:Matched destination (HE) program courses and credit points awarded
Course Code(s) and/or Unit(s) of CompetencyCourse Title(s)Course CodeCourse TitleCP

BIOL5229C

Prepare, Standardise and Use Solutions

CHEM1240Chemistry for Life Sciences12
BIOL5230CPerform Chemical Tests and procedures

MATH7074C

Process and Interpret Data

MATH1238Statistics & Empdemiology12
OFFC5320CUse Laboratory application software
MATH7075CAnalyse data and report results

BIOL5213C

Perform Biological Procedures

 

BIOL2272Biology of the Cell12
BIOL5228CPerform Microscopic Examination
AND for C5362
BIOL5224Perform Histological Tests
OR for C5363
BIOL5234CPerform Tissue Culture Techniques
 

BIOL5213C

Perform Biological Procedures

ONPS2302Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences12
BIOL5228CPerform Microscopic Examination
AND for C5362
BIOL5222CPerform Haematological Tests
BIOL5224CPeform Histological Tests
OR for C5363
BIOL5235Perform Molecular Biology Tests and Procedures

For C5362

ONPS2423Introduction to Medical Biochemistry12
BIOL5225Perform Chemical Pathology Tests
For C5363
BIOL5232CApply Electrophoretic Techniques
BIOL5233CApply Chromatographic Techniques
HWSS6065CRecognise healthy body systemsBIOL2273Principles of Human Biology12

BIOL5227C

 

Perform aseptic techniques

BIOL2257Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and
Genetics
12
BIOL5222CPerform microbiological tests
AND for C5362
BIOL5226Perform Immunohaematolgical tests
OR for C5363
BIOL5234CPerform Molecular Biology Tests and Procedures
   One Elective12

On successful completion of this program you may be eligible to enrol in the following Honours programs offered by the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences:

  • BH121         Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Honours)
  • BH058P18    Bachelor of Health and Biomedical Sciences (Honours)
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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4,with a study score of at least 20 in chemistry; and in one of mathematics (any) or physics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English, or equivalent.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

On completion of the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences you may be eligible to join various Australian professional societies in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. Examples of these societies include:

The School of Medical Sciences has extensive links with industry through their Program Advisory Committees (PACs), through research projects and consulting, and through their professional placement program. Employers and industry professionals are members of these Program Advisory Committees, and have contributed both to the initial development and ongoing improvement of this program. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and to the needs of graduate employers.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. A Library Subject Guide is available here http://rmit.libguides.com/pharmaceutical-sciences

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit).

Other resources

The school has many laboratories, often with specialised equipment, to support the relevant teaching and learning activities. These labs have been upgraded in recent years to ensure that you have access to modern computers and equipment that you are likely to use in industry. RMIT has a planned budget to ensure that all computers are upgraded on a regular basis (currently every three years).

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face-to-face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long-term medical condition or other form of disadvantage that may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation and fitness activities, as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students

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