PHR5052 - Inquiry and Innovation Methods - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ian Larson


Dr Ian Larson
Dr Victor Chuang (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


PHR1011 Professional Practice I

PHR1021 How Medicines Work I

PHR1031 How the Body Works

PHR1012 Professional Practice II

PHR2011 Professional Practice III

PHR1022 How Medicines Work II

PHR2021 How Medicines Work III

PHR2041 Comprehensive Care: Respiratory and Gastrointestinal

PHR2141 Comprehensive Care: Dermatology and Pain

PHR2012 Professional Practice IV

PHR2042 Endocrinology & Renal

PHR2142 Cardiovascular

PHR3041 Blood, Brain & Cancers

PHR3141 Pathogens, Host Defense & Treatment


The unit provides students with an experience in current aspects of pharmacy research within and outside the faculty and will allow students to develop their understanding of the fundamentals of research philosophy and methodology. Content will cover topics such as: performing practice based research, writing project proposals and ethics submissions, qualitative versus quantitative research, managing and analysing data. This unit will expand the student's knowledge of research and enhance skills in information literacy, scientific writing and research. The research project will be started in PHR5151. The unit is compatible with Monash University's goals for research led teaching.


The aim of this unit is to provide students the opportunity to gain further skills in research and problem solving.

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

  1. Design a research proposal and timeline using appropriate data collection and analysis methods
  2. Demonstrate understanding of research ethics and of the ethics approval process at Monash University
  3. Locate and critically evaluate literature relevant to the chosen research project and generate a written literature review in the style of an academic publication
  4. Integrate and critically reflect on peer, collaborator or academic feedback to refine the research process
  5. Demonstrate project management skills by proactively negotiating, documenting and meeting group timelines.


Assessment will comprise 100% in semester assessment. For the in-semester assessments, all learning outcomes will be assessed.

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 applieds or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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