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PC2004 - Professional Pharmacy Practice 1

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

Available to students enrolled in level 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

This subject examines the social and behavioural aspects of pharmacy practice and the role of the pharmacisst as a primary health care provider within the multidisciplinary health care team. It has been designed to increase the students knowledge and understanding of verbal communication, history taking, interpersonal and counselling skills that consider the different cultural and socioeconomic needs of the patient. The provision of appropriate primary health care promotion information and the principles underlying quality use of medicines is introduced. The student will also extend their knowledge of the pharmaceutics of solid and parenteral pharmaceutical formulations. This knowledge will be applied in the preparation of various dosage forms with close attention paid to pharmaceutical correctness and appropriate presentation of the final product.

Learning Outcomes

  • consolidate understanding of the forensic aspects of pharmacy practice;
  • demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the concepts of pharmaceutical care and of quality use of medication and their relevance to rural and remote health care;
  • develop an appreciation of the need for accuracy and thoroughness in extemporaneous dispensing and manufacturing operations;
  • develop awareness of the nature of the health care professions and the pharmacists role in both the primary and secondary care team;
  • further develop verbal communication and counselling skills required for the education of patients and the provision of advice to other health care professionals;
  • understand the fundamental concepts of quality in health care;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the pharmaceutics of both solid and parenteral pharmaceutical formulations and dosage forms;
  • develop skills required to undertake pharmaceutical calculations required in practice.
Prerequisites: All level 1 BPharm subjects


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr Martina Mylrea
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Mr David Herron, Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Professor Beverley Glass, Ms Selina Taylor.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); on-course assessment (28%); on-course assessment (12%).

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.