Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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3 points, SCA Band 2, 0.0625 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Kirstie Galbraith


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://monash.edu/pharm/future/contact/


This unit will require each student to present two Journal clubs to the class, following the guidelines introduced in PGC5001 (Evidence based practice). Journal articles for reviews will be clinical trials of therapy and will be assessed according to their validity, importance and applicability. This assessment will incorporate a description of the study design and standard of reporting. Students will be required to present an education session at their workplace on the topic of critical appraisal, run a journal club for their colleagues, and reflect on the experience.


At completion of this unit it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Assess a clinical trial for validity, importance and applicability.
  • Present the results of the assessment in a 20 minute seminar.
  • Discuss the trial in depth and respond to questions generated from the audience.
  • Read the biomedical literature with a critical approach.
  • Demonstrate understanding of critical appraisal and how to teach it.
  • Demonstrate insight into running a journal club in the workplace.


Presentation of critical appraisal of journal 1: 25%
Presentation of critical appraisal of journal 2: 25%
Preparation and delivery of teaching session on critical appraisal: 25%
Reflection on running a journal club in the workplace: 25%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 72 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 5-6 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in tutorials or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


PGC5001 (VCG5011)


PGC6005 (VCG6012)