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PHCY470 Elective Study

An introduction to the principles of research and critical literature evaluation followed by structured research exercises in pharmacy practice or pharmaceutical sciences. Selected from a range of topics.

Paper title Elective Study
Paper code PHCY470
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.1000
Points 12 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $816.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,947.80

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Limited to
Successful completion of the third-year BPharm programme.
Teaching staff

Ailsa McGregorMs Sandy Elkin and Thelma Fisher

Paper Structure


  • Research methods test: 20%
  • Poster presentation: 20%
  • Self and peer assessment of individual contribution to teamwork: 20%
  • Final report: 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, workshop, seminar and research project.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Teamwork, Communication.
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Learning Outcomes
This paper will:
  • Introduce students to scientific research and research methods
  • 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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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 15, 31
Monday 13:00-13:50 32
Monday 15:00-15:50 14, 30
D1 Thursday 11:00-11:50 29
Thursday 13:00-17:50 40
E1 Friday 11:00-11:50 9, 11
Friday 13:00-13:50 10