PHCY5609 Fundamentals of Research in Pharmacy

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Connie Locher and Dr Leah Benington
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Pharmacy
Contact hours
online lectures, face-to-face tutorials, other e-tivities, approximate workload 4 hours per week (varies from week to week)
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