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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedParkville Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Erica Sloan and Professor Colin Pouton (Parkville); Dr Kenneth Lee (Sunway)


The unit provides students with an experience in current aspects of research within the faculty and will provide students with an appreciation of the fundamentals of research philosophy and methodology. Students will undertake a literature research project addressing an issue/problem in the pharmaceutical sciences or pharmacy practice areas. This unit will expand the student's knowledge of research and enhance skills in information literacy, scientific writing and research. The unit is compatible with Monash's goals for research lead teaching.


The aim of this unit is to provide students the opportunity to gain further skills in research and problem solving, and an understanding of current research activities within the faculty. The unit is designed for the student who wishes to enhance these skills for a career in pharmacy or who might wish to pursue further study in research orientated postgraduate programs.

At the end of this unit students will be expected to have developed:

  1. an understanding of recent some advances in research in pharmaceutical science or pharmacy practice and a detailed knowledge of the literature within the area of their project
  2. an ability to define an approach to solving a research problem, undertake literature searches effectively, critically analyse and interpret the literature with a view to solving the problem and planning and writing a research report
  3. an appreciation of basic research philosophies and approaches


Discussion of plan for literature review (oral communication with supervisor): 20%;
Presentation of a detailed literature review (written report): 80%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Colin Pouton

Contact hours

6 hours of lectures, and 66 hours of directed project work


PAC2232, PAC2412 and PAC2182

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: