Course Title: Preclinical Drug Testing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Preclinical Drug Testing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
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: Associate Professor Paul Wright

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6512

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.004

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

Course Description

This course includes structured theoretical components based on workshops to provide you with knowledge of the essential role of preclinical testing in the drug discovery process. This course also encourages you to recognise the relationship between your academic studies and scientific research, broadening your perspective with regard to employment opportunities.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically analyse and solve scientific problems (PLO 2)
  • Communication and teamwork (PLO 3)
  • Investigation and analysis (PLO 4)

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

  1. Communicate effectively using written and/or oral presentations.
  2. Work effectively, as both an individual and in a team environment.
  3. Apply critical analysis and problem solving skills in preclinical drug testing.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course includes lectures and interactive learning workshop sessions to provide students with a working knowledge of preclinical testing in the drug discovery process. Components of the work are designed to alert students to the vital role of scientific research in pharmacology and toxicology. You are encouraged to develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

You will undertake the equivalent of five (5) hours per week for one semester, comprising lecture and workshop sessions, along with online activities. In addition you can expect to spend a minimum of five (5) hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include lecture notes, workshop exercises and handouts, and references on selected topics. The online course webpage accessed via myRMIT (, provides opportunities for you to independently access much of this material. You are expected to regularly access the course website, which contains announcements, course information such as detailed timetables and prescribed reading, course documents and the grade book. The Pharmaceutical Sciences Subject Guide ( also provides useful references.

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. Assessment will include both group and individual tasks. Early formative assessment tasks over the first 3 weeks of semester include oral and written assessments for three workshop classes, in order to provide you with helpful feedback to support improvement of your skills for subsequent assessments.

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Workshop oral and written reports

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Development Team presentation

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment 3: Exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1 & 3