University of Technology Sydney

96072 Industrial Research Project B

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

Requisite(s): 96057 GMP for Manufacturing Operations AND 96134 Validation Principles and Practices AND 96059 International GMPs and Quality Assurance AND 96060 Good (Quality Control) Laboratory Practices AND 96069 Contamination Control AND 96062 Good Aseptic Practices and Sterile Products AND 96063 GxP and Quality Auditing Practices AND 96064 Risk Management for Pharmaceutical Operations
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In this subject students undertake a short research project with their UTS supervisor or, where appropriate, an industry or external co-supervisor. Prior to undertaking this subject, students must have completed 96068 Industrial Research Project A, formulated a scope for the project and demonstrated a thorough understanding of the research topic. Focusing on quality systems research, students gain an understanding of the research process, address and implement research methodologies, critically analyse and evaluate results, and present their findings. Students are responsible for establishing effective channels of communication and are involved in all aspects of research, from developing and gaining ethics approval for their own research proposal to preparing a final report demonstrating a thorough understanding of the research topic.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

050. Disseminate research findings in a manner appropriate to the target audience
051. Utilise information retrieval skills to identify reference sources appropriate to the problem
052. Design and implement a research project relevant to a specific issue within the industry landscape
053. Write a research report for publication, following the guidelines of the target journal
054. Communicate orally to present findings in a logical, succinct and engaging manner to a target audience

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

The learning outcomes for this subject are as follows:

  • Reflect on the knowledge, skills and attributes required for the evaluation and integration of emerging evidence into practice, promoting the growth of personal and professional learning, and the education of others. (01.09)
  • Demonstrate accurate and comprehensive knowledge of risk management practices and models, and implement and evaluate them in a range of contexts. (02.01)
  • Test, audit and validate pharmaceuticals manufacturing and distribution processes using appropriate methodologies. (02.02)
  • Design, implement and evaluate control systems for pharmaceuticals manufacturing. (02.03)
  • Demonstrate ethically and legally accountable approaches to pharmaceuticals manufacturing and control. (02.04)
  • Analyse and synthesise knowledge of relevant concepts and theory, and apply skills of scientific research and reasoning to support Good Manufacturing Practice. (02.05)
  • Produce accurate technical documentation, and communicate effectively and accurately with clients and stakeholders in written or spoken language appropriate to their needs. (02.06)
  • Contribute as leader and collaborator in the assurance of Good Manufacturing Practice. (02.08)
  • Collaborate effectively with other professions to ensure Good Manufacturing Practice. (02.10)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practice in local, national and global contexts. (03.11)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

In addition, this Subject addresses the following graduate attribute:

Lifelong learning

Graduates of the Master of GMP are lifelong learners, committed to and capable of reflection and inquiry in their quest for personal development and excellence in professional practice.

Teaching and learning strategies

The formal input from the lectures is applied in the development of an individual research project (on campus or industry). The student will meet twice weekly to discuss the progress of the research project.

Content (topics)

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


Assessment task 1: Oral Presentation


Explaining a research project to informed peers is a fundamental of the scientific method.

Students are required to present their project and take questions from peers.


This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

050, 052 and 054

This task is aligned with the following course learning outcomes:

01.09, 02.01, 02.02, 02.03, 02.04, 02.05, 02.06, 02.10 and 03.11

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 30%

Provided in Canvas

Assessment task 2: Manuscript


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.


This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:

050, 051, 052 and 053

This task is aligned with the following course learning outcomes:

01.09, 02.01, 02.02, 02.03, 02.04, 02.05, 02.06, 02.10 and 03.11

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 60%

Provided in Canvas

Assessment task 3: Supervisor assessment and sign off


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.


This task is aligned with the following subject learning objectives:


This task is aligned with the following course learning outcomes:

01.09, 02.01, 02.02, 02.03, 02.04, 02.05, 02.06, 02.08, 02.10 and 03.11

Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 10%

Provided in Canvas

Minimum requirements

In order to meet the standard for a six credit point Subject, students are required to commit at least 10 – 12 hours per week to their research project. This may include compulsory attendance at meetings with supervisor(s), on-campus research activities, attendance at all assessment tasks and presentations by other students.

Required texts

Coursework Assessments Policy

Coursework Assessments Procedures

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

Additional required readings will be provided via Canvas