Self-reported perception of a dedicated research semester in pharmacy curriculum in enhancing research competencies

Eng Lai Tan, Sook Yee Gan, Wei Meng Lim, Peter C. K. Pook, Vishna D. Nadarajah

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This study measures the impact of the implementation of a dedicated research semester on various perceived competencies related to research. In 2016, surveys were conducted on final undergraduate Pharmacy students in regard to appraisal and critical thinking skills. Students’ perceptions of the impact of research in enhancing their employment potential were investigated. Our evaluation included students’ self-assessment of their writing, presentation, critical thinking and research skills. To assess qualitative parameters, the data obtained were analysed using the Wilcoxon signed-rank test. A total of 113 responses was received. A majority of students indicated that the research semester prepared them in undertaking their research projects. They acknowledged that research helped in building confidence and to acquire the ability to work independently. Most students perceived that the experience gained in research would enhance their employment potential. Overall, students developed critical thinking skills through their respective research project.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-53
Number of pages12
JournalThe Asia Pacific Scholar
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Communication Undergraduate Research
  • Critical Thinking
  • Pharmacy Programme
  • Research Ethics
  • Scientific

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