Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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

Students will continue an individual supervised research project from Pharmacy Research Project (Part A), 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 test their hypothesis from Pharmacy Research Project (Part A). Students will critically appraise the topic using published literature.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

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. Apply research skills to study a professional pharmacy or scientific question/issue.

2. Critically appraise the literature related to the question/issue.

3. Demonstrate the application of research skills and knowledge.

4. Collect, analyse and interpret data as required to investigate the question/issue.

5. Demonstrate advanced oral and written communication skills including the presentation of a professional/capstone report.


  1. Developing and understanding the Professional and Scientific question
  2. Critically appraising the literature.
  3. Designing a study and implementing a method to study the issue.
  4. Obtaining ethics approval (if required).
  5. Presenting reports (written and oral).

Assumed knowledge

PHAR3204 Research Methodology and Health Technology Assessment and PHAR4103A Pharmacy Research Project (Part A)

Assessment items

Professional Task: Poster *

Report: Final Research Report *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Report: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Professional Task: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours


Individual Supervision

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

This is for project work and students will be required to meet with supervisors regularly and maintain regular email contact.


Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Term Full Term

An Oral presentation

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.