Research Methodology and Health Technology Assessment

Course code PHAR3204Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Provides students with an understanding of the methods used to measure consumption, beneficial and adverse effects, and cost-effectiveness of drugs in communities; research design and skills used to appraise epidemiological research and clinical trial design.

The course includes biostatistics to a level that enables the student to apply statistical reasoning to epidemiological studies and research. Students will also obtain skills in the development and design of research protocol and methodology as it relates to epidemiological and health research.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component that students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours).

Not available in 2014

ObjectivesAt the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand the techniques used to measure medicinal drug consumption;
2. Understand the factors that influence the prescribing and consumption of medicinal drugs;
3. Understand the methods used to measure beneficial and adverse effects of drugs in the community;
4. Be able to correctly interpret data on drug consumption and effects;
5. Understand the techniques used in measuring the cost-effectiveness of drugs;
6. Be able to correctly interpret pharmacoeconomic data and understand how cost-effectiveness data can be used to set drug prices and control drug budgets;
7. Understand the basic principles of biostatistics to be able to apply statistical reasoning to pharmacy related research;
8. Understand the underlying principles of the design and development of research protocol methodology as it relates to pharmacy related studies.
Content1. Drug utilisation studies, international measures of drug consumption.
2. International comparisons of drug consumption, the impact of socio-economic factors and pharmaceutical industry actions on prescribing and consumption of medicinal drugs.
3. Measuring efficacy of drugs by randomised and non-randomised studies, biostatistical measures of drug use and effects.
4. Logic of cohort and case-control studies of adverse effects, voluntary adverse reaction reports and their interpretation, measuring the costs and outcomes of community drug use.
5. Cost-minimisation, cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis, evidence-based medicine and pharmacoeconomic analysis, using pharmacoeconomic analyses to make formulary decisions and set prices.
6. Reference pricing, evidence-based procurement techniques in drug program management.
7. Biostatistics.
8. Research skills.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMATH1110 Mathematics 1
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCourse Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Examination: FormalCourse Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Compulsory Course Component: This examination component will test a student's competency in one or more of the course learning objectives since these form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist. Students must achieve a passing grade in the formal written examination component to be able to obtain a passing or higher grade in this course. On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy this compulsory course component will be offered a supplementary examination. Students who are required to complete a supplementary examination and satisfactorily pass the assessment and pass the course overall will be awarded a maximum mark of 50 for the course. Those who do not pass the supplementary examination will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark.
Other: (please specify)Professional Development Points
Course Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Presentations - IndividualCourse Learning Objectives 7,8
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentThe assessment components test a student's competency in one or more of the course learning objectives since these form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist so students must:
1. achieve a passing grade in the formal written examination component.