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PHCY480 Honours Research Project

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The development, implementation and reporting of an original individual research project, supervised by a Dunedin-based PBRF-eligible School of Pharmacy staff member and approved by the Dean of the School of Pharmacy.

Paper title Honours Research Project
Paper code PHCY480
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.1988
Points 36 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (2 November 2020 - 29 October 2021) (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,673.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $8,486.37

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Limited to
Teaching staff
Dr Shyamal Das
Paper Structure

Lectures, workshops

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course outline

The core component of this paper is the development, implementation, evaluation and reporting of an original individual research project as a 15 000 word dissertation (maximum, excluding references). Learning in this paper is driven by the student; with the supervisor guiding the student through the process. This paper will start in the summer, prior to the start of the 4th year, and will continue until the end of semester 2.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this paper, students will be able to:

  • Introduce students to scientific research and research methods
  • Formulate research questions based on an in-depth knowledge of their chosen area of research
  • Implement research including the ability to generate a hypothesis, design experiments to test the hypothesis, and to carry out experimental work
  • Critically evaluate their own work and current and relevant literature pertinent to their research project
  • Understand and apply knowledge of research methodologies, ethical issues and health and safety issues pertaining to research
  • Communicate in-depth their research (information, arguments and analyses)
  • Develop students' skills in literature retrieval, critical evaluation, the construction of research proposals, data collection, data analysis and research report writing and presentation
  • Increase students' understanding of ethical issues and health and safety issues pertaining to research
  • Allow students to undertake structured research activities or in-depth study in an individual area of interest relevant to pharmacy

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1st Non standard period (2 November 2020 - 29 October 2021)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system