Course Title: Research Methods for Pharmacy Students

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods for Pharmacy Students

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ONPS2490

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

ONPS2490

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Ieva Stupans

Course Coordinator Phone: +61-3-9925 7942

Course Coordinator Email: ieva.stupans@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 223.02.12

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

 

 

Corequisite

  • PHAR1012 Clinical Development of New Medicines

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
You should have successfully completed Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 of the BPharm(Hons) Program before enrolling in this course.


Course Description

This course builds upon the requisite knowledge in pharmacy practice, therapeutics and drug delivery and aims to provide you, in conjunction with PHAR1012 (Clinical Development of New Medicines), with the research methodology skills required to successfully complete ONPS2491 (Pharmacy Research Project) and will later rely upon in your professional career.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark for the course will be one of the course marks used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information webpage for more information http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=eyj5c0mo77631).


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

Research, critically evaluate and apply evidence in professional practice (PLO 2)


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

  1. construct a thorough literature review on a given topic within the context of a research hypothesis;
  2. frame a hypothesis within the context of the existing literature;
  3. disambiguate the hypothesis into a series of research questions;
  4. formulate a plan of research activities to answer research questions developed including a comparative analysis of alternate methodologies;
  5. classify and present sample data  gathered to test a hypothesis, including an appreciation of the difference between quantitative and qualitative data;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the limits of evidence provided by experimental data; and
  7. present the state of the literature, arguing a research hypothesis and research plan in oral and written formats.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered by a mixture of face-to-face didactic lectures and tutorials supported by directed-self-learning activities including readings and reviews of the literature.  Throughout, comprehensive feedback shall be provided, both orally and in writing; together with the opportunity to engage with feedback to demonstrate an increase in understanding and application.


Overview of Learning Resources

Where appropriate to research skills, you will be directed to specific learning resources chiefly distributed through BlackBoard.  Online search databases and the electronic provision of a wide range of journals are provided by the library.
There is no prescribed textbook for this course.  


Overview of Assessment

 

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

 

Summative tasks:

Assessment Task 1. 
Stage 1 Research Proposal
Weighting  30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7

Assessment Task 2. 
Literature Review
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1,6,7

Assessment Task 3.
Research Project Proposal
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7

Assessment Task 4. 
Qualitative or Quantitative Analysis Task
Weighting 
10%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7