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Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course is Part A of a multi-term sequence. Part B must also be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence.

Students will undertake an individual supervised research project, incorporating self-directed learning, with assistance from their supervisor. Projects will address a health sciences related research question. Students will use evidence-based techniques to develop a hypothesis which will go on to be tested in Pharmacy Research Project (Part B). Students will utilise sufficient published literature to develop an appropriate research question and hypothesis.



    Multi-term sequence

    This course is part of a multi-term sequence. Both Part A and Part B must be completed to meet the requirements of the sequence. Part A and Part B must be completed in consecutive terms. Students must complete Part A before completing Part B. Students must complete the sequence within a twelve month period. If students complete Part A but are unable to complete Part B within the timeframe, they must re-enrol in Part A. Part A cannot be completed as a standalone course, it will only count towards your program once you have successfully completed Part B.

    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    1. Develop a research question.

    2. Critically appraise the literature related to the research question.

    3. Demonstrate the application of research strategies.

    4. Collect data appropriately.

    5. Analyse and interpret data.

    6. Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills including the presentation of a research report.


    1. Planning a research question.
    2. Critically appraising the literature.
    3. Developing a testable hypothesis.
    4. Designing a study and selecting a research method.
    5. Obtaining ethics approval (if required).
    6. Managing a research project.
    7. Presenting research results.

    Assumed knowledge

    PHAR3204 Research Methodology and Health Technology Assessment.

    Assessment items

    Presentation: Oral presentation

    Thesis: Research Thesis and Journal Articles

    Contact hours


    Individual Supervision

    Face to Face On Campus 9 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

    Project work - Students will be required to meet with supervisors regularly and maintain regular email contact.


    Face to Face On Campus 16 hour(s) per Term Full Term

    1 hr per week for 8 weeks and 8 hrs for 1 week for presentations


    Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

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