Courses & Units

Research Thesis A CSA745



An introduction in the areas of pharmaceutical science or pharmacy practice to research methodology. This unit also includes the planning, design and conduct of a research project, presentation and analysis of data and interpretation of published research. Students will also be required to present a progress and final seminar. Students must undertake Research Thesis A and Research Thesis B to complete their Research Thesis in the Master of Pharmaceutical Science course. A result of IC (Interim Completion) will be awarded for the first unit completed and a final result will be issued in the second and last unit successfully completed.On completion the students will be able to:

1. Critically appraise available literature and identify existing gaps and weaknesses in existing literature to formulate a suitable research question,

2. Propose an appropriate methodology to answer the formulated research,

3. Carry out a research project with appropriate supervision to answer the formulated research question,

4. 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, and

5. Present a coherent knowledge and ideas with intellectual independence to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Unit name Research Thesis A
Unit code CSA745
Credit points 50
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
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 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018
Semester 2 16/7/2018 10/8/2018 3/9/2018 21/10/2018

* 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 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2018: $4,592.00 2018: $8,504.00 060501

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Teaching Pattern

One 4hr practical, One 15 mins seminar


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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