PGC5108 - Clinical research 2 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 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 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 3.


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

  1. Demonstrate understanding of research ethics as encountered at their practice site and at Monash University by gaining appropriate ethics approval.
  2. Locate and, critically evaluate literature sources relevant to the chosen research project and generate a written literature review suitable for academic publication.
  3. Collect data according to approved methodology for subsequent analysis.
  4. Prepare and deliver an oral presentation about research work in progress to a diverse audience of healthcare personnel and academics.
  5. Integrate peer, collaborator and supervisor feedback and critical reflection to refine their research process.
  6. Demonstrate time management skills by meeting set deadlines and proactively negotiating adjustments to agreed timelines.


Successful attainment of ethics approval from practice site pass/fail. (hurdle)

Successful attainment of ethics approval from Monash University pass/fail. (hurdle)

Written submission of Literature Review: 30%.

Class presentation of work in progress: 20%. (hurdle)

Monash review panel mark: 50%. (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 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

Clinical pharmacy practice

Wound care


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