Course Title: Drug Research and Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Drug Research and Development

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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Prof Emilio Badoer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7081

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.010

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

The primary focus of the course is on pharmaceutical drug research and development, and drug safety and toxicity testing. This course also provides an awareness of the ethical issues and experimental design involved in preclinical drug testing.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO2)
  • Communication and teamwork (PLO3)
  • Investigation and analysis (PLO 4)

On successfully completing the course it is intended that you should be able to:

  1. Search, review and critically analyse the scientific literature in the field and have an overview of the drug discovery process
  2. Work effectively in a team environment.
  3. Advance arguments and develop skills in public speaking.
  4. Negotiate ethical issues associated with drug testing

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered as a combination of online and face to face modalities. The course includes lectures and interactive learning sessions to provide you with knowledge in the drug discovery process. Components of the work are designed to alert you to the vital role of scientific research in pharmacology. You are encouraged to develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

You have access to course materials on the online course webpage accessed via myRMIT (, and these may include digitised reading material, lecture notes, external internet links and access to the RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment activities are conducted throughout the semester so that you can review and evaluate your progress and ability to demonstrate that you adequately understand the material presented.

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Workshop presentations and Literature Analysis

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Written essay and Debate

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Preclinical Scenario Report and Role Play

Weighting 30%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Short Assignment

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLO 1