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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

36 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.750 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 Full year 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor David Taylor


Students will conduct a research project under the guidance and supervision of a member of the academic staff of the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences themes of Drug Delivery, Disposition and Dynamics, and Centre for Drug Candidate Optimization (CDCO). The research project will be carried out according to the conventions of the chosen research area and in an established academic/research environment. Students will receive regular advice from their supervisors on the rationale and design of the research project, instruction in the relevant experimental techniques, feedback on the outcomes of their investigations, guidance in the presentation of their research findings, and ongoing assistance in learning methodologies. At the conclusion of the research project the findings will be presented in a mini research thesis. Students will receive advice and guidance, within specified guidelines, from their supervisors on the preparation and presentation of a research thesis with support from Faculty and University education support programs. The thesis will be examined by internal examiners and by the supervisor evaluation.


At the completion of this unit the participant will;

  1. Have gained insight into the breadth and diversity of the drug delivery and lead optimization research field
  2. Be proficient in safe work practices for a chemical laboratory
  3. Be able to critically review the scientific literature in their discipline
  4. Have a detailed understanding of the processes involved in the design, development and implementation of a research project
  5. Be able to execute and analyse a set of laboratory-based studies
  6. Be able to present scientific results in a style suitable for publication
  7. Have the capability to pursue higher studies and learning in the pharmaceutical sciences discipline


Preliminary oral presentation 0
Mini-thesis 55
Final oral presentation 10
Supervisor's mark 10

The assessment for research is worth 75% of the overall final mark.

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor David Taylor


The prerequisite for entry to the Honours Degree of the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science is a bachelor degree in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, Medicinal Chemistry, Formulation Science or other related field. An average overall credit grade or higher in the final year of the course, or equivalent qualifications and experience deemed by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Training Committee to be suitable preparation for the candidate's proposed field of study is required.