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PC1101 - Introduction to Pharmacy

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

This subject is an introduction to the profession of pharmacy in the Australian health care context. Pharmacy practice occurs in a variety of settings including hospitals, the community, the armed forces, industry and in government. Students are introduced to the role of pharmacy in Australian society, including the history of pharmacy, professionalism and professional standards. Students are familiarised with the skills necessary to effectively communicate with patients and other health care professionals, in the provision of quality primary and secondary health care in urban areas and the expanding role including rural and remote parts of Australia. Students are also introduced to the scientific foundation of dosage form design, then applying their knowledge in extemporaneous dispensing laboratory sessions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the role of the pharmacy practitioner as a member of the primary and secondary health care team in Australia;
  • Explain the importance of professionalism and underpinning professional standards to the practice of pharmacy;
  • Develop communication skills to support of the role of the pharmacist;
  • Produce elementary extemporaneous preparations utilising necessary pharmaceutical calculations and be able to discuss introductory scientific foundations of pharmaceutics;
  • Explain the primary sources of drug information relating to extemporaneous preparation.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (40%)
  • Quizzes, lab test, lab reports - (40%)
  • Assignments, Online quizzes - (20%).


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Dr Martina Mylrea
Lecturers: Mr Martin Keene, Mr David Herron, Professor Beverley Glass, Ms Selina Taylor, Dr John Smithson, Mrs Amanda Mackay.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 37 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 30 hours practicals
  • 11 hours workshops/Seminars
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.