PSC3332 - Drug Discovery Biology research placement - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Erica Sloan

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit will provide students with a preliminary training in research in Drug Discovery Biology pharmaceutical science within the faculty as well as provide the knowledge of research philosophy and approaches.

Students will participate in a hands-on research project within the Department of Drug Discovery Biology at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (MIPS) under the supervision of an academic staff member. The project will enhance students' skills in all aspects of research.

In addition students participate in activities to develop their job seeking and career planning skills, for example, writing resumes, job applications and cover letters, and interview techniques.


The aim of this unit is to provide students the opportunity to gain skills in research and an understanding of current research activities within the faculty. The unit is designed for the student who may wish to pursue further study in research-orientated postgraduate programs.

At the end of this elective, students will be able to:

  1. Describe recent advances in research in pharmaceutical science and the literature within their area of research;
  2. Demonstrate skills in defining a hypothesis, designing an approach to test the hypothesis, planning experiments, undertaking experiments, analysing and interpreting data and writing a research report;
  3. Discuss basic research philosophies and approaches.
  4. Develop their job seeking and career planning skills.


Written report (mini-thesis): 60%;Laboratory work: 20% (supervisor's mark including initiative, technical capacity, teamwork and project understanding);Oral presentation: 20%

Workload requirements

Students will participate in a small number of lectures and undertake a research project equivalent to 72 hours of learning.

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Chief examiner(s)


PSC2012 Molecular Pharmacology

PSC2322 Molecular Cell Biology

PSC2332 Disease-focused Pharmacology

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