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PC1102 - Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutics 1

Credit points: 6
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Building on concepts covered in PC1101, this subject introduces students to ethical issues in professional practice and explores management practices relevant to pharmacy. The scientific basis of solid and liquid dosage form design will be covered, including packaging, labelling, transportation and storage requirements of pharmaceuticals. The role of complementary medicines in pharmacy will also be introduced. Students will further develop skills in extemporaneous dispensing including equipment, calculations and techniques in the production of pharmaceutical formulations. Students will also be introduced to basic pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and consider their application to pharmacy practice. Students will also apply their knowledge to extemporaneous dispensing, aseptic processing and a two-day observational placement in community pharmacy.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss basic ethical and management principles in practice and identify these principles in practice during experiential (observational) placement;
  • Describe the role of complementary medicines in contemporary pharmacy practice;
  • Explain the principles of pharmaceutics relating to pre-formulation, including bioavailability, packaging, labelling, transportation, storage and both large and small scale manufacture (sterile and non- sterile);
  • Explain the principles of basic pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and apply simple pharmacokinetic calculations;
  • Demonstrate competence in communication in extemporaneous dispensing.

Subject Assessment

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


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Coordinator: Dr Martina Mylrea
Lecturers: Mr Martin Keene, Professor Beverley Glass, Mr Shane MacDonald, Mrs Amanda Mackay.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 6 credit point subject is approximately 260 hours.

  • 50 hours lectures
  • 30 hours tutorials
  • 24 hours practicals
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 16 hours - Placement activities
  • 2 days placement
  • 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.