PHCY5609 Current Developments in Nutrition, Health and Biotechnology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit aims to give students an insight into the latest developments in research that are of particular relevance to pharmacy and also to provide them with essential research skills in literature searching, the analysis of the strength of published information as well as the dissemination of research findings. Students write a literature review on an allocated research topic, which forms the background and basis for the Pharmacy Research Project (PHCY5614) to be undertaken in the final semester, and hence, instilling an appreciation of how new knowledge is acquired and applied.
Students are able to (1) appreciate current developments in research that are of particular relevance to pharmacy; (2) objectively critique new findings on health-related research; (3) demonstrate a sound understanding of research methodology and statistics; (4) appraise various literature and document literature search strategies and results; and (5) demonstrate a high level of written and oral communication skills.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) literature review; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) article critique exercise. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Connie Locher
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Pharmacy
Contact hours
4 hours per week
Unit Outline
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