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PC4211 - Advanced Professional Pharmacy Practice (Honours)

Credit points: 12
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to level 4 Honours of the Bachelor of Pharmacy course.

Available to level 4 Pharmacy students enrolled in the Honours course. The subject will prepare students for entry into the Pharmacy workforce. It continues from the Semester 1 subject, Professional Pharmacy Practice 3 and further develops the student's understanding of aspects of professional pharmacy practice including dispensing skills, legal and ethical issues and professional standards. An emphasis will be placed on how these concepts apply to the Contemporary Professional Pharmacy Practices in Australia, especially their application in rural and remote Australia. The students will use this knowledge in conjunction with their experience gained in their supervised clinical pharmacy placement to understand the roles of pharmacists in the future. An emphasis will be placed on good listening and communication skills. The role of the pharmacist in community liaison will be discussed and applied to pharmacy practice. The subject has a substantial research component where the student is expected to demonstrate an ability to analyse their results in addition to writing a thesis and presentng a seminar detailing their results, discussion and conclusions of their research work.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate an understanding of the current legislative, ethical, pharmacoeconomic, management issues relevant to contemporary 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;
  • develop individual aims of intervention and outcomes of practice for patients that present to a pharmacy;
  • achieve competency for personal accreditation and registration requirements;
  • demonstrate competency in the analysis of research data and its presentation in both thesis and seminar format.
Prerequisites: PC3001 AND PC3002 AND PC3015 AND CH3100 AND PC3005 AND PC3201 AND PC3102 AND PC3016
PC4201 and PC4203


Townsville, Study Period 2, Placement/work experience
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Professor Beverley Glass
Lecturers: Mr David Herron, Ms Kathy Thomas, Mrs Gillian Knott, Professor Beverley Glass, Dr Martina Mylrea, Mrs Sue Carson, Dr Aaron Drovandi, <Person not found>, <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 12 credit point subject is approximately 520 hours.

  • 12 hours lectures
  • 4 hours tutorials
  • 12 hours practicals
  • 8 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 360 hours placement
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: other exams (40%); presentations (30%); clinical and extemporaneous dispensing practical examinations (25%); assignments (5%).
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.