PHARM 7522EX - Research Project in Addictions

External - Trimester 3 - 2021

This course/module is designed to allow students to participate in the research process. Students will be given the opportunity under supervision to complete a small research project. The submitted written text will be a minimum of 10,000 words in length, and is required to demonstrate a critical knowledge of the chosen topic area. The ability to apply scientific scrutiny to a topic related to aspects of drug and alcohol aetiology, treatment, prevention, public health or policy as identified by the programme team will be required. The research project may involve original data collection, secondary analysis of previously collected data sets, or other quantitative or qualitative research methods. The necessary defining feature is that the research project should demonstrate an appropriate level of academic rigor and understanding of the scientific implications of the findings of the project. Students will need to demonstrate competence in the integration and analysis of data to further the translation of this knowledge into more effective policies and practices, in keeping with the stated aims of the programme

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHARM 7522EX
    Course Research Project in Addictions
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s External
    Units 6
    Contact Online
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to M.SciAddictSt, GradCert & GradDip in International Addiction Studies students only
    Assessment Research report 10,000 words
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Andrea Gordon

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    This course is a component of the Masters in Addiction Studies undertaken through the International Program of Addiction Studies provided by the University of Adelaide in collaboration with Kings College London (UK) and Virginia Commonwealth University (USA). There is no regular class schedule beyond the first few weeks. The project is carried out individually with a project supervisor, from the second week in January, with project reports scheduled for submission at the end of July.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    To develop an ability to plan and carry out secondary data analysis OR a systematic
    literature review under supervision.
    To examine critically the current scientific literature relating to the chosen topic.
    To construct a research question and to understand the pertinent issues concerned with
    the research topic.
    To select and use appropriate methods to analyse data and present findings.
    To critically evaluate the value of the project to the field.

    At the conclusion of this course/module, students should be able to demonstrate Master’s level competence in:
    1. advanced discussion, analysis and critique of scientific information pertinent to the research topic;
    2. understanding and evaluation of research design and implementation;
    3. management and organisation of small research projects;
    4. report writing; and
    5. individual time management.

    Skills and Attitudes
    You will be expected to develop and/or enhance your:
    6. knowledge of the scientific evidence in your chosen area of research;
    7. competence in critical evaluation and interpretation of data;
    8. academic writing skills; and
    9. ability to effectively communicate your intellectual curiosity and knowledge to others through the written word.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-5, 7,9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The resources required will depend on the nature and topic of the research project, and will be arranged in consultation with the project supervisor.
    Recommended Resources
    Not applicable
    Online Learning
    The International Programme in Addiction Studies is delivered entirely online; no campus attendance is required. Discussions with project supervisors will generally be via online means.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is less structured as everyone works on their own project, but some material is provided online for general guidance.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The expected workload for the course is 20-25 hours a week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Research projects are undertaken independently, and are usually either secondary analysis of an existing dataset, or a systematic literature reviews. Projects are supervised by an academic from one of the three universities with expertise on addictions.

    General information topics provided online include:
    • Planning
    • Setting the scene and defining the question
    • Exploring methods and data
    • Confirming methods
    • Compile and assess your data
    • Analysis time
    • More analysis and compilation of results
    • Writing up your results
    • Discussion and conclusions
    • Report writing
    • Final writing and proof-reading
    Specific Course Requirements
    Not applicable
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Online Tests Formative

    Weeks 1-11

    Poster Presentation Summative

    Week 28

    Recorded Presentation Summative

    Week 7-13

    Research Project Paper  Summative

    Week 12

    The Host University’s policies and procedures relating to assessment and examinations will apply as governed by an agreement with Kings' College London and Virginia Commonwealth University.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Not applicable
    Assessment Detail
    In this course, summative assessment consists of the mark for the final research project alone. The report needs to be a minimum of 10,000 words in length, and no longer than 15,000 words (excluding reference list and appendices). It should demonstrate a scholarly knowledge of the literature, and also engagement with the data analysed.
    Specific instructions on the preparation and submission of the research report will be provided on the VCU equivalent of MyUni (known as MyVCU).
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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