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96020 Pharmacy Research Project A

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UTS: Health (GEM)
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

In this subject students undertake a short research investigation under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Students contribute, in collaboration with their UTS supervisor and where appropriate an industry or external co-supervisor, to formulate the scope of the research project, including planning the research work. Students are responsible for writing the proposal, carrying out the work, including appropriate and critical analysis of the data or information obtained, and writing up the findings as a draft manuscript which may be eligible for publication. The draft manuscript typically includes an introduction to the project, a description of the methods used, a description of the results obtained plus any analysis undertaken and a discussion of the results in the context of the relevant literature.

Due to supervisory and infrastructure constraints, places in this subject are limited and it can only be undertaken with school approval. Students should approach potential supervisors about project availability in the first instance and then complete and submit a Research Project Application form for consideration. A project proposal and the final draft manuscript is assessed by school members external to the project. Where the project involves laboratory or fieldwork, a completed risk assessment form must also be provided with the approval request. Ethics approval is required for certain projects.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

0146. Design and implement a research project at the appropriate level

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

The learning outcomes for this subject are as follows:

  • Analyse and synthesise knowledge of health science concepts and theory, and apply skills of scientific research and clinical reasoning to support decision-making in pharmacy practice. (.03)
  • Demonstrate sound ethical, compassionate and respectful patient-focused care, taking responsibility for personal health and wellbeing. (.05)
  • Capably communicate to patients, their families, carers and members of the healthcare team; contribute to wider health education and promotion, choosing and adapting communication modes to address cultural and linguistic diversity. (.06)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This is an elective subject in the Master of Pharmacy degree provides students with first-hand research experience. It extends the research skills gained in year 1 as part of 96007 Drug Disposition and 96008 Evidenced-Based Practice and facilitates an in-depth understanding in a specific area of through a research project. Students hoping to undertake further postgraduate research degrees are encouraged to complete Research Projects A & B.

Teaching and learning strategies

Learning experiences from subjects in the first year of the Master of Pharmacy (Evidence Based Practice, Drug Disposition) are applied in the development of an individual research project.

Content (topics)

This subject follows the process of conceiving and designing a research project. The topics of focus are the initial steps required before starting a project, including formulating a research question, methodology, research design, risk assessment, and ethical considerations. Analysis and reporting are also addressed.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Oral Presentation

Intent:

Explaining a research project to informed peers is a fundamental part of the scientific method. Students are required to present their project and take questions from peers.

Objective(s):

This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

0146

This task is aligned with the following course learning outcomes:

.03, .05 and .06

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%
Length:

10 Minutes (including 5 minute questioning time)

Assessment task 2: Manuscript

Intent:

The customary way to disseminate research outcomes is by publication. Students are required to report their research in a form fit for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Supervisors work with their student to correct drafts and guide the process.

Objective(s):

This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

0146

This task is aligned with the following course learning outcomes:

.03, .05 and .06

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 60%
Length:

As appropriate to the research project and the journal requirements.

Assessment task 3: Supervisor assessment and sign off

Intent:

Research is a collaborative undertaking, requiring high-level teamwork and communication skills. The supervisor assessment rewards students for effective collaboration with their supervisor and other stakeholders.

Objective(s):

This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

0146

This task is aligned with the following course learning outcomes:

.03, .05 and .06

Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%

Minimum requirements

Students are required to attend supervisor meetings, as advised.

To pass this Subject students must achieve a minimum grade of 50%.

Note: there is a must-pass assessment in this Subject. Please check assessment descriptions for details.

Required texts

Coursework Assessments Policy

Coursework Assessments Procedures

Graduate School of Health Policy, Guidelines and Procedures (login required)