PSC3632 - Drug Discovery Biology pre-honours research project - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Erica Sloan

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is available to students studying the undergraduate degree Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science Advanced with Honours


This unit will provide students with an extensive foundation 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.


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. Undertake and present a critical evaluation of the literature that describes recent advances in pharmaceutical research with a focus on 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. Demonstrate competence in using analytical instrumentation;
  4. Discuss basic research philosophies and approaches.
  5. Communicate outcomes of the project.


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

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 160 hours research project

Additional requirements:

  • 128 hours of independent study

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Chief examiner(s)


PSC2011 Biochemical Pharmacology

PSC2021 Structural Organic Chemistry

PSC2012 Molecular Pharmacology

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