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PC2202 - Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutics 2

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

This subject introduces students to hospital pharmacy, the policies and standards underpinning clinical pharmacy and the scope of clinical services and specialist pharmacist roles. The concept of pharmaceutical care will be explored and patient counselling will be introduced. Students will have the opportunity to contextualise this knowledge in an observational placement. To further situate the student in the clinical environment, students will be familiarised with basic haematology, the interpretation of laboratory values, as well as therapeutic drug monitoring. Student understanding of marketing in pharmacy practice will be developed including the principles and influencing factors of consumer behaviour, thus informing the provision of quality health care. Student knowledge in pharmaceutics will be further developed in the consideration of liquid and modified release dosage forms. Students will continue to develop their knowledge and skills in extemporaneous dispensing, carrying out more advanced calculations and preparing more complex pharmaceutical products.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the practice of pharmacy in the hospital setting, identifying underpinning standards in clinical pharmacy practice and interpreting laboratory results;
  • Explain the role of patient counselling and the provision of quality pharmaceutical care;
  • Explain how an understanding of marketing and consumer behaviour can assist pharmacists in the provision of quality health care;
  • Demonstrate competence in extemporaneous dispensing including requisite record keeping, calculations and communication skills;
  • Demonstrate an ability to produce elementary extemporaneous preparations including the completion of requisite records, calculations and the use of appropriate communication skills in counselling a patient about these products;
  • Describe modified release dosage forms and discuss liquid dosage form applications.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (40%)
  • Quizzes, lab test, lab reports - (40%)
  • Assignments, Online quizzes - (20%).
Prerequisites: PC1101 AND PC1102


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

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

  • 70 hours lectures
  • 8 hours tutorials
  • 30 hours practicals
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 4 hours 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.