Courses & Units

Clinical Pharmacy Research CSA321


This unit is designed to introduce Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours (54A) students to the concepts, principles and practical skills of research methodology required to develop a research proposal for a clinical pharmacy research project designed to investigate or address a medication safety issue. Topics will include information retrieval and analysis, formulation of research questions and research planning and design relevant to quality improvement research. Students will work in groups to critically review literature relevant to a specific gap between evidence and practice, formulate a research question, identify a project design to address the gap in practice, and develop a formal research proposal. The research proposal will be presented to peers and stakeholders in written form and as a group presentation. This unit will build on the knowledge and skills gained in CSA288 Evidence Based Health Care and is the ‘cornerstone’ of the research stream embedded within the Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours curriculum. Following completion of this unit you will be equipped to conduct a group-based quality improvement project during your experiential placements in CSA430.


Unit name Clinical Pharmacy Research
Unit code CSA321
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Woldesellassie Bezabhe
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively as part of teams/groups and constructively contribute to a research outcome.
  • Identify, analyse and address complex problems within an ethical framework to design a research project using appropriate research methodologies.
  • Effectively communicate complex issues and outcomes to a variety of stakeholders, including patients, peers and other health professionals.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060501 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

This unit uses a blended learning model which includes a combination of online content delivered via MyLO, and interactive workshops.

All learning activities and assessment tasks within the unit are completed in small groups.

Students are expected to devote approximately 8-10 hours per week in total towards the learning activities in this unit. This is made up of a mix of online content, self-directed learning, participation in group activities and attendance at on-campus workshops and seminars.

Online content is modularised and released on a weekly basis with accompanying activities. Interactive workshops are scheduled each week to work on group activities and discuss progress with staff. Students present their work in the on-campus seminar sessions.

AssessmentBackground Seminar (10%)|Research Proposal Seminar (20%)|Literature Review (30%)|Project Plan (40%)
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You will need the following text, which is available from online book stores.

Austin Z and Sutton J. Research Methods in Pharmacy Practice: Methods and Applications Made Easy. China: Elsevier; 2019. 242 pages.

The full reading list (text and readings) for CSA321 is available here:

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