Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedSunway Second semester 2013 (Day)
Parkville Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Erica Sloan (Parkville); Prof. Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk (Sunway)

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information see http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/students/undergrad/courses/pharmacyelectives.html


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. (Please note: There is no guarantee that students will be placed in their preferred research area as places are limited.)

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 University'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)

Contact hours

Contact hours for on-campus students:
Six 1-hour lectures
Six 1-hour tutorials

Additional requirements:
Sixty hours of directed project work


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