Courses & Units

Research Thesis A CSA745



Research is the fundamental part of any profession. You will be proposing and completing your research project over TWO interconnected units (CSA745 and CSA746).  

In discussion with the Course Coordinator, you will be appointed a research supervisor(s). Throughout the semester, you are required to set up regular meetings with your supervisor(s) who will provide direction and check your progress. A critical aspect of this process is obtaining a balance between taking responsibility for your own research and accepting the guidance of your supervisor. You should listen to their advice when it is offered. On the other hand, you should not sit back and wait for the supervisor to tell you what to do and how to write the literature review or conduct a research project. You must take responsibility for its planning and execution, using your supervisor as a sounding board rather than as the director of the project.  

The first of the two research units in the Master of Pharmaceutical program is CSA745. In CSA745, you are required to:

1. Draft and submit a literature review on your selected research topic by critically organising, integrating and evaluating research material already published in peerreviewed journals and books; 2. Draft and submit a research methodology describing various steps (from materials and equipment to data collection and analysis) involved in conducting your research project and  3. Orally present your research topic/findings.


Unit name Research Thesis A
Unit code CSA745
Credit points 50
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Pharmacy
Teaching staff

Research supervisor and other academic staff of the Division of Pharmacy

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $4,763.00 2020: $9,416.00 060501

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CSA741 Basic Laboratory Skills in Pharmaceutical Science and Cell Culture

CSA742 Introduction to Analytical and Cell Culture Techniques

CSA743 Application of Chromatography in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Research

CSA744 Application of Cell Culture in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Research


Teaching Pattern

8 x one-to-two-hours workshops/lectures.


A unit result is given at the end of the final unit completed. Assignment 1 – literature review (15%); Assignment 2 – proposed methodology (10%), Seminar 1 – progress 15 minutes duration seminar with 5 minutes Q&A (10%); Seminar 2 – final 15 minutes duration seminar with 5 minutes Q&A (10%); Research thesis manuscript; approximately 4000 to 5000 words excluding tables, figures, references, appendix etc. (55%).

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