Credit points: 15

Subject outline

PHA4PHC is the final of the 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.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTerri Meehan-Andrews

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE3PHR and approval of the course coordinator


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Define a problem or task through construction of a project brief, generate creative ideas and apply decision-making skills to develop a research plan and work schedule.
02. Work independently and demonstrate an understanding of research methodology conducting a research project under limited supervision, and critically analysing and reporting the results using academic conventions including referencing, layout and use of appropriate academic terminology.
03. Communicate research findings in a logical and understandable way in written and oral form to a general audience.
04. Demonstrate a capacity to search and critically evaluate research literature by conducting a rigorous literature search and written review.
05. Defend the approach taken to solving a research question when queried

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Week 29-48, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTerri Meehan-Andrews

Class requirements

Independent ResearchWeek: 31 - 43
One 6.00 h independent research per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
Where projects are laboratory based, laboratory time will be organised by the students on a needs basis.

SeminarWeek: 41 - 41
One 5.00 h seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 41 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.
Oral presentation seminar

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
Six 1.00 h tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Oral defense (10 minutes, 1000 words)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO3, SILO5
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.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4
Research report (6,000 words)N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5
Seminar presentation (15 minutes, 1500 words)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO3, SILO5