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Table 8 A comparison of the type of, and time allocated to, teaching methods across degree programs

From: An evaluation of pharmacology curricula in Australian science and health-related degree programs

Teaching method Science (n = 59) Pharmacy (n = 41) Nursing (n = 24) Medicine (n = 27)
Lectures1 90% 90.2% 91.7% 100%
hours allocated 26 (4 to 48) 36 (0 – 60) 12 (3 – 50) 12 (5 – >60)4
Practicals (wet labs)2 62.7% 19.5% 4.2% 3.7%
hours allocated 8 (1 to 48) 7.5 (3 – 15) 4 3
Computer modelling 11.8% 4.9% 0 0
hours allocated 7 (4 to 18) 2.5 (2 – 3) 0 0
Computer simulations 22% 14.6% 0 11%
hours allocated 6 (3 to 27) 4 (3 – 6) 0 2 (1 – 3)
Tutorial 44% 70.7% 50% 40.7%
hours allocated 5 (1 to 33) 12 (2 – 54) 10 (3 – 16) 4 (2 – >60)
Computer tutorial 13.5% 7.3% 0 3.7%
hours allocated 3.5 (1 to 8) 2 (2 – 3) 0 1
PBL tutorial 11.8% 0% 8.3% 37%
hours allocated 4 (1 to 16) 0 4.5 (3 – 6) 8 (3 – 12)
Workshop 11.8% 31.7% 8.3% 14.8%
hours allocated 6 (1 to 21) 12 (2 – 24) 9 4 (3 – 36)
Online 8.5% 9.7% 12.5% 3.7%
hours allocated 19 (2 to all)3 22 (2 – 36) >60 (30 – >60)4 2
Project 39% 26.8% 4.2% 3.7%
hours allocated 12 (2 to >60)4 10 (2 – 10) 18 10
  1. Frequency of courses that utilise the listed teaching methods is expressed as a percentage of total number (n) of courses surveyed in each program. Hours allocated are expressed as median number of hours with ranges in brackets.
  2. Note:
  3. 1 Science courses that do not utilise lectures: one is online and four are Honours courses. Of the four Pharmacy courses that do not utilise lectures, two are fourth year courses and two are professional practice courses. The two Nursing courses that do not utilise lectures are fully online courses.
  4. 2 The termpracticalsis synonymous with laboratory classes.
  5. 3allindicates that the entire course is delivered online.
  6. 4>60 refers to greater than 60 hours spent using the particular teaching method, and is generally indicated for Honours (research only) courses as well as online courses.