Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - 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.

print version

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 First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Paul White and co-coordinator Dr Angus Johnston


To provide students with basic skills in using an understanding of the scientific method to evaluate scientific literature. A knowledge of hypothesis testing, ethical principles of scientific practice, historical examples of elite and poor pharmaceutical science will be developed. Students will use that knowledge to develop skills in interpreting scientific data in peer-reviewed journals and from other sources. The mathematical skills required to perform basic descriptive and inferential statistics will be developed.


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the history, principles and processes underlying scientific hypothesis testing
  2. Employ basic scientific principles to evaluate the validity and significance of scientific publications
  3. Evaluate examples of scientific practice from an ethical perspective
  4. Be able to present data graphically and to interpret graphical data from other sources.
  5. To be able to quantify the relationship between variables using such techniques as regression and correlation;
  6. Describe the statistical principles behind significance testing of experimental data;
  7. Perform appropriate statistical analysis of experimental data and correctly identify significant differences between experimental groups


Final exam (2 hour): 50%; Assignments 40%; in-class assessment 10%

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • A minimum of twenty four 1-hour lectures
  • A minimum of nine hours of 1-hour tutorials

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: