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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 peer-reviewed 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
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Rahul Patel
Available as student elective? No


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Critically appraise available literature and identify existing gaps and weaknesses in existing literature to formulate a suitable research question
  • Propose an appropriate methodology to answer the formulated research
  • Carry out a research project with appropriate supervision to answer the formulated research question
  • Draft a manuscript for a relevant research and/or professional journal in a format required by the chosen journal as per 'Instruction to Authors guidelines' of that journal
  • Present a coherent knowledge and ideas with intellectual independence to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060501 $4,010.00 $4,010.00 not applicable

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Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentOral Presentation (10%)|Literature Review (15%)|Research Methodology (10%)|Additional Tasks relating to this unit are undertaken in CSA746 (65%)
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