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PC4103 - Professional Pharmacy Practice 3

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

Available to level 4 Bachelor of Pharmacy students.

The 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 these concepts apply to the management of a pharmacy practice in a range of different settings, for example hospital, community and rural/remote practices. Pharmacoeconomic principles will be used to teach the student rational prescribing behaviour and the establishment of drug policies that can be applied across the community and hospital settings. The principle of stock management will be discussed, with application to Australian pharmacy.The areas of human resource management and economic principles that are applicable to pharmacy practice will also be introduced to the student, with the practical aspects of these topics being taught while the students are on their pharmacy placement in Semester 2.Students will learn principles of research and how to appropriately interpret results obtained from research studies. Literature review skills will be increased and the concept of the critical review of literature will be discussed and applied to pharmacy practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of complementary and alternative medicines and therapies in the treatment of patients and the use of medicines in the treatment of animals;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of a research project and an ability to critically review research studies and pu blished literature;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of pharmacoeconomics and its application to hospital, community and rural/remote practices;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental economic principles and human resource management in community and hospital pharmacy practice;
  • demonstrate the basic dispensing functions of a pharmacist including eliciting, reviewing and assessing patient history, maintaining records and counselling patients to encourage compliance.
Prerequisites: PC3001 AND PC3002 AND (PC3204 OR PC3015) AND CH3100 AND PC3005 AND PC3201 AND (PC3202 OR PC3102) AND (PC3205 OR PC3016)


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Professor Beverley Glass
Lecturers: Mr David Herron, Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Ms Kathy Thomas, Mrs Gillian Knott, Professor Beverley Glass, Dr Martina Mylrea, Ms Selina Taylor, Dr Aaron Drovandi, Mrs Amanda Mackay.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
  • 120 hours placement
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); other exams (25%); pharmacy practice assessment (15%).

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.