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PC3016 - Professional Pharmacy Practice 2 (Honours) Part 2 of 2

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Subject chain: PC3015 PC3016
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to students enrolled in level 3 (Honours) of the Bachelor of Pharmacy. Except with the approval of the Head of School/Associate Dean, all subjects in a chain must be studied in consecutive teaching periods.

Part of Subject Chain: PC3015, PC3016 Available to level 3 Pharmacy students enrolled in the Honours course. This subject will further develop the students understanding of aspects of professional pharmacy practice including communication, counselling skills, dispensing, legal and ethical issues and professional standards. An emphasis will be placed on how this applies to cross cultural communication, rural and remote practice and the extended role of other health professionals in these communities. The roles of relevant professional pharmacy organisations and bodies and their relevance to contemporary pharmacy practice will be discussed. The student will also extend their knowledge and understanding of the pharmaceutics of solid pharmaceutical formulations and dosage forms. In addition the subject will provide supervised clinical pharmacy placement with flexible support from the University to integrate and develop previously learnt material with new observational and practical training. The placement will be either rural or urban (hospital, community or industry) at an advanced level and will enable the student to apply, develop, analyse and integrate the theories, principles and practice of pharmacy in a variety of settings. An important part of this subject involves the identification of an area of pharmacy research, review of the literature and development of a research proposal.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate the basic dispensing functions of a pharmacist including eliciting, reviewing and assessing patient history, maintaining records and counselling patients to encourage compliance;
  • describe, interpret and apply accepted standards of practice and codes of ethics especially the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation, Pharmacy Act and Regulations and the National Health Act and Regulations;
  • describe the pharmaceutics of solid pharmaceutical formulations and dosage forms including reaction kinetics and drug stability;
  • develop the skills to obtain a pharmaceutical history, including a patient's medication and medical history and application of pharmacoeconomics;
  • demonstrate an ability to retrieve, interpret and evaluate information and use this in the design of a research project.
Prerequisites: All level 2 BPharm subjects.
PC3004 PC3104 PC3203 PC3205


As this subject is part of a subject chain, a final standard grade (e.g. P, C) will only be recorded for each subject after successful completion of all parts of the subject chain.

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Ms Kathy Thomas, Mrs Gillian Knott
Lecturers: Ms Kathy Thomas, Professor Beverley Glass.
Workload expectations:
  • 42 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
  • 4 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 240 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: The clinical placement performance report, attendance record and placement workbook is assessed as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Satisfactory must be obtained to pass this subject. As this subject is part of a "subject chain", a final standard grade (e.g. P, C) will be only recorded for each subject after successful completion of all parts of the "subject chain".
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.