PGC5007 - Introduction to clinical research - 2017

3 points, SCA Band 2, 0.0625 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Mr John Coutsouvelis

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at

Unit guides





This unit will enable students to develop their skills in performing practice based research. Content will cover topics such as: performing practice based research, writing project/grant proposals and ethics submissions, qualitative versus quantitative research, managing and analysing data. Students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Pharmacy or Master of Wound Care (who are completing this unit as a prerequisite for PGC5008 and PGC5009) will receive detailed information regarding the allocation and roles of supervisors at the University and workplace, as well as the expectations for this series of units.


At the completion of this unit the participant will be able to:

  • Develop a research proposal for a practice based research project.
  • Write a project/grant proposal.
  • Write and submit an ethics proposal.
  • Decide on the correct methodology and analysis for their chosen project.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of maturity and independence in developing a practice based research protocol.


Class presentation of research project proposal: 20 % (hurdle)

Written submission of proposal and (if required) ethics submission: 40% (hurdle)

Monash review panel mark: 40%

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


MPH5020 (ECX9720), PGC5001 (VCG5011)

Master of Clinical Pharmacy and Master of Wound Care students must have achieved a minimum grade of 65% in both prerequisites.

Master of Wound Care students must have also successfully completed PGW5101 (PGW1101, VCW1101), PGW5102 (PGW1102, VCW1102), PGW5103 (PGW1103, VCW1103), PGW5104 (PGW1104, VCW1104), PGW5105 (PGW1105, VCW1105), PGW5106 (VCW1106), PGW5108 (VCW1108), PGW5127 (VCW1127)


PGC6007 (VCG6013), PGW5124 (PGW6124, VCW1124) and PGW5128 (PGW6128, VCW1128)