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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with the opportunity to undertake a small research project under the guidance and advice of a supervisor. It builds on the literature review the students have conducted in PHCY5609 Fundamentals of Research in Pharmacy, and allows them to work collaboratively within a research team to execute the project, in either pharmaceutical sciences or pharmacy practice, and to present their findings in a research dissertation and an oral presentation.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) define a research problem and formulate the hypothesis; (2) develop a literature search strategy, retrieve the relevant literature and write a critical review; (3) design the methodology with appropriate controls and standards; (4) conduct the study according to good research practices and ethics requirements; (5) collect, record, process, analyse and display the data using appropriate software and statistical methods; (6) interpret the collective data with reference to literature evidence; (7) communicate the research in written form and orally in a public seminar; and (8) work collaboratively within a research team.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research dissertation and (2) oral presentation (seminar). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Lee Yong Lim
Unit rules
Enrolment in
51500 Master of Pharmacy (ID 123)
Successful completion of
and PHCY5609 Fundamentals of Research in Pharmacy (ID 3716)
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Travel and accommodation to rural or international location to complete research requirements for unit. (estimated cost - At cost).
Contact hours
workshops and tutorial sessions, collation of research data: equivalent to 5 days per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.