Good Clinical Practice and Applications

Subject CLRS90008 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Semester 2, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Intensive mode

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A total of 28 hours
Total Time Commitment:

A minimum of 120 hours, including contact time, on-line modules, pre-reading and assignments.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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School of Melbourne Custom Programs

Level 3, 442 Auburn Rd

Hawthorn VIC 3122

Phone: 03 9810 3245


Subject Overview:

The subject contains a core module in Good Clinical Practice (taught in the classroom) plus a selective based on the needs of the student. Electives are undertaken on-line. Students will choose one elective from the following list:

The Electives are:
1. Clinical Trial Conduct I
2. Clinical Trial Conduct II

Topics covered in the core Good Clinical Practice module include:
 Development of investigational products
 Good Clinical Practice (GCP), International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) and government regulations
 European clinical trials
 The informed consent process
 Managing for independent ethics
 Key principles of protection
 Key factors for conducting IND studies
 Key success factors for ensuring successful trials
 The subject recruitment process
 Electronic data capture, signatures and records
 Inspection and compliance
 Writing PICF in plain English
 Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) vs. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vs. ICH vs. EU vs. NZ regulatory requirements
 Legal issues of privacy, confidentiality and indemnity
 Regulatory requirements for varying trials

Topics covered in Elective 1, Clinical Trial Conduct I, include:
 Essential Documents in Clinical Research
 Site Selection, Pre-Study and Initiation Visits
 Study Drug Accountability
 Routine Site Monitoring Visits
 Subject Recruitment & Retention
 Data Management

Topics covered in Elective 2, Clinical Trial Conduct II, include:
 Protocol Writing
 Case Report Form (CRF) Design
 Investigational Site Study Budget
 Australian clinical trial applications (CTN / CTX applications)
 Project Management Fundamentals
 Integrated Project Management


Students who successfully complete the core GCP module of this subject will be able to:
Review the evolution of Good Clinical Practice from its origins to currently acceptable standards and the imperative of keeping abreast of changing practices and regulations
Define the major steps and phases of the drug development process
Describe the main regulations governing the practice of clinical research and other applicable guidelines, including the EU Directive, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Data Privacy/Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and International Conference on Harmonization (ICH)
Examine the legal, professional and ethical constrains on various clinical research processes, such as the management of informed consent, Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Independent Ethics Committee (IEC) applications, disclosure of financial interests and electronic signatures
Identify the tools and techniques for successfully managing and executing trials
Analyse the international principles of ethical conduct and subject protection together with examples of acceptable and non-acceptable norms.
Be conversant with the development of standard operating procedures

Students who successfully complete Elective 1 of this subject will be able to:
Be aware of important activities required for undertaking clinical research, including:
Preparation for a clinical study
Documentation that must be prepared and managed
Accountability for study drugs and devices
Site monitoring visits
Data management
Subject recruitment & retention

Students who successfully complete Elective 2 of this subject will be able to:
Understand how GCP applies to the following clinical trial activities
Protocol Writing
Case Report Form Design
Site Contract & Budget
Investigational Site Study Budget
CTN / CTX Application
Understand the fundamentals of Project Management and how to use these skills in a clinical trials environment


There are three components to the assessment:
1. An in-class test following completion of the two day face-to face teaching component (25% of the total mark)
2. On-line assessment associated with the on-line Elective modules (25% of the total mark, and completed as modules are finished)
3. A 3000 word assignment due 4 weeks after the completion of the in-class and on-line Elective modules

Alternately, students actively working in Clinical Research and who wish to obtain Association of Clinical Research Professional (ACRP) certification for Clinical Trial Investigator (CTI) or Clinical Research Associate (CRA) or Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) may elect to undergo the following assessment:
1. An in-class test following completion of the core GCP two day face-to face teaching component (25% of the total mark).
2. Successful completion of the ACRP certification program as a CTI, CRA or CRC (75% of the total mark)

Prescribed Texts:

The required text from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) is provided to each student in addition to course lecture materials

Recommended Texts:

Students will be provided with articles and references that support the teaching program as part of their course materials

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

 Project management
 Understanding of the Australian regulatory environment for clinical research
 Scientific / laboratory record keeping
 Development, use and value of Standard Operating Procedures
 Basic understanding of the phases and major steps in drug development
 Understanding of the fundamental activities and responsibilities for researchers undertaking clinical studies in human volunteers.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research
Master of Clinical Research

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