Course Title: Pharmacy Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Pharmacy Research Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Professor Ieva Stupans

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7942

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to make an appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Enforced prerequisites
ONPS2490 Research Methods for Pharmacy Students
PHAR1012 Clinical Development of New Medicines

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
Students should have successfully completed Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 of the BH102 program before enrolling in this course.

Course Description


In this course, you will work as a part of a small project group under the guidance of an appropriate member of staff to develop a research question within the context of the existing literature, form a research hypothesis, design and undertake research experiments to challenge the hypothesis and present the background and findings of your project. Presentation formats (group or individual as appropriate) may include written literature review, oral presentation, poster presentation, individual oral review (viva voce) and a research paper suitable for publication in an appropriate journal.  In these challenges you will be supported by regular meetings with your research supervisor, building upon the research methodology skills introduced in semester 1.


Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be 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 web page for more information.(;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 successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

1         Conduct a literature search, assimilate and present a thorough background applicable to the research question.

2         Formulate a research hypothesis informed by the literature appropriate to the research question.

3         Design experiments to challenge the research including a detailed description of methodology suitable for publication.

4         Execute experiments and collect research data in a manner compliant with health and safety and ethics policies and procedures.

5         Collate and present experimental data and analysis thereof.

6         Formulate and present arguments and discussion based upon the results of experimental analysis in the context of the literature.

7.        Formulate and present conclusions consistent with the evidence elucidated.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities in this course include group research activities which may include laboratory or other practical work or equivalent clinical research activities with regular guidance, feedback and support provided by the project supervisor(s).

Overview of Learning Resources


Learning activities in this course include group research activities which may include laboratory or other practical work or equivalent clinical research activities with regular guidance, feedback and support provided by your project supervisor(s).

Where appropriate, you will be directed to specific learning resources chiefly distributed through Blackboard.  Online search databases and electronic access to a wide range of journals are provided by the library.

Overview of Assessment


You will be assessed both individually - testing your knowledge of the research area, methodology, results, findings and conclusions - and as a group - based upon the presentation of your research in various formats. Individual and group assessment tasks will assess both the written and the oral presentation of your project and your findings.

☒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).

Assessment components include:

  1. Progress report ( individual mark, 500 words) 15% (CLOs 1-7)

  2. Journal paper  team mark (6,000 words)  50% (CLOs 1-7)

  3. Individual reflection (500 words) 15% (CLOs 1-7)

  4. Presentation (individual and team mark, 15 mins)  20% (CLOs 1-7)