Course Title: Research Methods for Pharmacy Students

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research Methods for Pharmacy Students

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Professor Ieva Stupans

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7942

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.032

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)



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;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 Canvas.  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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Stage 1 Research Proposal

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Literature Review

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 3: Test

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 4: Qualitative or Quantitative Analysis Task

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7