Course Title: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences

Credit Points: 12.00

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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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

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

This course introduces you to scientific methods and practices, ethics, communication and presentation skills, information retrieval and application, and applies them through enquiry-based learning of topics and issues within the area of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The course will support you in developing core skills for your future university studies as well as facilitate the transition from previous study to the RMIT learning environment.

You will work on independent and group assignments throughout the semester. This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience. This experience is provided through a project which will take you through the stages of research design, data collection, data analysis and project conclusions. You will be required to communicate the findings of your project in both written and verbal formats.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • PLO 1: Exhibiting depth and breadth of scientific knowledge: Develop a broad and coherent body of knowledge particularly in biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology (PLO1)
  • PLO 3: Communication and Teamwork: Develop skills to effectively communicate, both orally and written (PLO3)

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

  1. Identify the skills and opportunities available through the study of pharmaceutical science
  2. Locate, retrieve, review and cite academic resources relevant in the field of pharmaceutical sciences
  3. Plan, conduct and present a group research project based on the principles of scientific inquiry
  4. Demonstrate skills in Information literacy and numeracy including statistics
  5. Communicate professionally in both written and verbal formats 6. Work effectively in teams

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 and pharmaceutical 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. 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 online resources as its primary tools.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Written assignments

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Workshop reports

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Oral presentation

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Scientific research project (team work)

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6