Prize giving policy

Undergraduate coursework prizes

Unit winners

  • Are determined at the end of each semester’s results release (and confirmed after the Supplementary and Deferred examinations Board of Examiners).
  • The unit winner is the student who receives the highest mark in a unit. In event of a tie, there may be multiple winners. . For each eligible unit a winner is identified for both the Parkville and Malaysian campus.
  • Awards for unit winners are for undergraduate units owned by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Students who sit deferred examinations may be eligible as a unit winner as their final results can be a maximum of 100 HD.

Year level winners

  • Are determined at the end of each year and compiled from the data from the undergraduate Board of Examiners reports (and confirmed after Deferred examinations Board of Examiners).
  • The year level winner is the student who receives the highest average mark across the units studied at that year level and course at each campus (Parkville and Sunway) in the calendar year. In event of a tie, there may be multiple winners. Separate awards are offered for Parkville and Malaysian campuses.
  • To be eligible for the year level prize students must be enrolled in a full-time load for the relevant undergraduate year and year level, unless the student has been awarded exemption from previous study. In this case, the student must be enrolled in a minimum of 36 credit points to be eligible.
  • Elective units will be excluded from the calculation.
  • Those who have failed a unit in the relevant year and year level will not be eligible.

Gold medal winners

  • Are determined at the end of the student’s final year in their course and compiled from the data from the undergraduate Board of Examiners reports (and confirmed after the Deferred examinations Board of Examiners).
  • Two Gold Medals are awarded by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: The Pharmacy Gold Medal and the Pharmaceutical Science Gold Medal.
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy/Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) and Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)/ Master of Pharmacy will be assessed as one cohort.
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science and Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science Advanced with Honours will be assessed as one cohort.
  • Students must have completed full course requirements of a Bachelor of Pharmacy or Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) or Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science in the year prior to the prize giving ceremony to be eligible for the award.
  • The Gold Medal winner is the student who receives the highest average mark across all units in the Bachelor of Pharmacy or Bachelor of Pharmacy Honours or Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science. In event of a tie, there may be multiple winners.

Course specific information

Pharmaceutical science

  • The Gold Medal Winner will be the student with the highest WAM over the length of the three year course. If a student has received credit for any unit or units, calculations will be determined using the honours calculation system.
    Please refer to information on the honours calculations.
  • There will only be one year level winner for each of the three years, despite there being two three majors at second and third years.
  • The second year level winner will be calculated based on the five core units only (PSC2011, PSC2021, PSC2031, PSC2041 and PSC2012) and the winner will be the student with the highest average mark.
  • The third year level winner will be calculated as follows: The research project/industry placement and PSC3142 units will be excluded, as well as units PSC3432, PSC3532 and PSC3632. The winner will be the student with the highest average mark for the student’s remaining units.
  • In the third year of the course an award will be presented to the student in each of the three majors - Drug Discovery Biology, Formulation Science and Medicinal Chemistry – with the highest average mark based on each major’s non-core units for the second and third years. Those who have failed a unit in the relevant year levels will not be eligible.
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science Advanced with Honours will be assessed along with the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science students.
  • Students enrolled in Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science/Bachelor of Engineering will be eligible for the first year level awards only.
    (These students enrol in their third year at Parkville with a mixture of second and third year units.)

Pharmacy

  • Data for the Gold Medal Winner is compiled using the honours calculation system. Please refer to information on the honours calculations.
  • The third year elective and the placement unit (PAC4371) are excluded from the calculations.
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy/Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) and Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy will be assessed as one cohort from year 1 to year 4.

Rodney P. Cohen Award

  • The recipient of this award is determined at the end of each year and compiled from the data from the undergraduate Board of Examiners reports (and confirmed after Deferred examinations Board of Examiners).
  • The award will be given to a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) / Master of Pharmacy or Bachelor of
    Pharmacy/Commerce student who is enrolled at the Parkville campus.
  • The recipient is the third year student who:
    • Has a minimum course weighted average of 60%; and
    • Achieves the highest average mark across the degree's second and third year pharmacy practice units, namely PAC2331 Pharmacists as communicators; PAC2342 Pharmacy in a public health context; PAC3351 Context for practice I; PAC3362 Context for practice II.
  • Students who have received credit for any of the four pharmacy practice units (i.e. they did not complete them at Monash) and/or have failed a unit, are not eligible for the Rodney P. Cohen Award.
  • In event of a tie, there may be multiple winners.

The Michael Keith Halprin Pharmacy Excellence Awards

  • The recipients of these awards are determined at the end of each year and compiled from the data from the undergraduate Board of Examiners reports (and confirmed after Deferred examinations Board of Examiners).
  • There will be two awards:
    • One will be awarded to a second year student who achieves the highest average mark across the degree's first and second year Enabling Science units (PAC1111, PAC1121, PAC1132, PAC1142, PAC2161, PAC2171 and PAC2182).
    • One will be awarded to a third year student who achieves the highest average mark across the degree's second and third year Integrated Therapeutics units (PAC2412, PAC3421 and PAC3432).
  • Students who have received credit for any of the specified units (i.e. they did not complete them at Monash) and/or have failed a unit, are not eligible for the Michael Keith Haprin Excellence Awards.
  • In event of a tie, there may be multiple winners.

Probability of winners

  • Students who are multiple unit winners are often the year level winners.
  • Students who win multiple units and/or one or more year levels often are often the gold medal winners.
  • A student may be a recipient of multiple prizes.

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Postgraduate coursework prizes

Monash Pharmacy Internship prize

  • As these units are graded Pass Grade Only (PGO), the Course Director seeks nominations for outstanding students from moderators and awards the prize based on these nominations.

Master of Wound Care prize

  • This is granted to the student who completed the Master of Wound Care in the previous year and received the highest average mark.

Master of Clinical Pharmacy prize

  • This is granted to the student who completed the Master of Clinical Pharmacy in the previous year and received the highest average mark.

Master of Pharmacy Practice prize

  • This is granted to the student who completed the Master of Pharmacy Practice in the previous year and received the highest average mark

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