The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

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.

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.


Students must have successfully completed all 3000 level courses within the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) [12328] program.

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 Full Term

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


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term

1 hr per week for 8 weeks and 4hrs for 1 week for presentations


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