Available in 2017

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.

Availability2017 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2017

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.


PHAR4103 & 4104 Pre-Requisites and requirements for Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) 12328 program.

Assumed knowledge

PHAR3204 Research Methodology and Health Technology Assessment.

Assessment items

Literature Review: Literature Review (Individual)

Presentation: Oral presentation

Thesis: Research Thesis and Journal Articles

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 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 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 7 hour(s) per Term

This includes 2 hrs for database workshop and 5 hrs for oral presentation session (with PHAR4104A)