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PHCY5609 Fundamentals of Research in Pharmacy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (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, instils 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 the research process; (4) appraise various literature and document literature search strategies and results; and (5) demonstrate a high level of written communication skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review; (2) mid-semester test; and (3) annotated bibliography. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Connie Locher and Dr Leah Benington
Unit rules
51500 Master of Pharmacy (ID 123)
Contact hours
online lectures, face-to-face tutorials, other e-tivities, approximate workload 4 hours per week (varies from week to week)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.