Credit points: 15

Subject outline

PHA4PHB is the second of a suite of three subjects which students must complete to qualify for the bachelor of Pharmacy Honours. The aim of these subjects is to provide students with a thorough introduction to the process of conducting research. After review of the relevant literature, students will, in conjunction with an academic staff supervisor, refine a research question and research design. The method used in the project will depend on the research question. It may involve literature evaluation, experimental or empirical study, case study, theoretical or inferential work, survey etc. Students will plan their research project, collect and analyse data, then give an oral presentation and write a research paper that demonstrates their capacity to conceptualise, conduct and report a research project.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJoy Spark

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE3PHR or HLT3RPH and approval of the course coordinator


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size15

Enrolment information not all students will be of honours level, and limited staff resources Offers made by virtue of 3rd year marks (ie top 15 third-year students offered honours places)

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJoy Spark

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 5.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"throughout the semster, there will approximately 5 hours of lectures"

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"throughout the semester, there will be 3-4 hours of tutorials. Where projects are laboratory based, laboratory time will be organised by the students on a needs basis."


Assessment elementComments%
Oral defense (15 minutes)10
Research proposal (3,500 words)At the end of the project the entire body of project work from PHA4PHA, PHA4PHB and PHA4PHC will be evaluated and a project mark and grade will be recorded against these three subjects.20
Research thesis (6,000 words)60
Seminar presentation (15 minutes)10