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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 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
OfferedParkville Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr John Coutsouvelis, Ms Adriana Tiziani


This unit will enable students to consolidate their skills in performing practice based research. There will be limited didactic lectures with the majority of time allocated to collection of data consistent with the methodology developed in Introduction to clinical research. The research project will be completed in Clinical Research III.

Students are required to have the minimum computer systems requirements as specified by the Faculty and regular internet access.


At the completion of this unit the participant will be able to

  • gain ethics approval from their practice site and from Monash University
  • collect data according to methodology developed in Clinical Research I, for subsequent appropriate analysis
  • present work in progress to a panel
  • demonstrate an appropriate level of maturity and independence in performing practice based research


1. Successful attainment of ethics approval from practice site pass/fail
A pass in this assessment task is required for an overall pass in this unit

2. Successful attainment of ethics approval from Monash University pass/fail
A pass in this assessment task is required for an overall pass in this unit

3. Literature Review 30%
This is the critical review of the literature which will form the basis and rationale for the student's research protocol. It will cover background information and analyse similar research which has been published, emphasising the need for the current research.

4. Class presentation of work in progress 50%
This verbal presentation will describe the work undertaken in the data collection phase of the project and the raw data obtained. Some analysis may also be presented. The proposal will be assessed by a panel of staff members from the Department of Pharmacy Practice, and selected members of the Hospital Pharmacist profession.

5. Monash Supervisor mark 20%
This mark will reflect the student's interaction with their supervisor eg independence, ability to act on feedback, planning, etc.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Kirstie Galbraith

Contact hours

Students are expected to allow 10-12 hours per week over the semester in study time.


PGC6007 Introduction to clinical research.


VCW1124, VCW1128, VCG6021