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PC1003 - Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

Continuing from PC1004, in this subject students will further develop an understanding of the systems of weights and measures, equipment, calculations and techniques employed in the extemporaneous production of pharmaceutical formulations. All currently-available dosage forms will be introduced together with packaging, labelling, transportation and storage of pharmaceuticals; with an emphasis on the unique needs of rural and remote areas. Students will be introduced to the importance of statistics in pharmacy and gain experience of the statistical manipulation of data for scientific pharmaceutical analysis. Pharmacokinetic principles will be expanded upon and the subjects of management in pharmacy and complementary medicines introduced.

Learning Outcomes

  • be able to describe the principles of pharmaceutics relating to a broad range of pharmaceutical formulations and dosage forms, including bioavailability, packaging, labelling, transportation, storage and both large and small scale manufacture;
  • demonstrate practical competence in extemporaneous dispensing together with the requisite record keeping, written and verbal communication skills; and be able to discuss the issues relating to the extemporaneous production of simple pharmaceutical products;
  • demonstrate a working understanding of basic statistics and data analysis including when the application of particular techniques is appropriate;
  • be able to expand upon the principles of basic pharmacokinetics applied to professional pharmacy practise and apply simple pharmacokinetic calculations;
  • be able to discuss basic management principles as they apply to pharmacy and demonstrate some understanding of the use of complementary medicines in pharmacy.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Martina Mylrea
Lecturers: Mr David Herron, Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Ms Kathy Thomas, Professor Beverley Glass, Dr Martina Mylrea, Mrs Amanda Mackay.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 7 hours tutorials
  • 24 hours practicals
  • 3 hours professional Experience
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); lab test, reports, quizzes (30%); assignment (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.