Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Parkville Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr John Coutsouvelis; Ms Adriana Tiziani

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/courses/pg-coursework/contact.html


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.


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 PGC6007 Introduction to clinical research, for subsequent appropriate analysis.
  • Present work in progress to a panel.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of maturity and independence in performing practice based research.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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)

Mr John Coutsouvelis

Contact hours

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


PGC6007 (VCG6013)


PGW6124, PGW6128 (VCW1124, VCW1128), VCG6021