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PC4403 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice (Research Honours) 2

Credit points: 6
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

This subject will explore advanced pharmacy practice including new and expanded roles for pharmacists in various care settings as well as various aspects of clinical pharmaceutics. Students will be introduced to the theory and practice standards underpinning pharmacy prescribing, home medicines reviews (HMR) and pharmacists in general practice (GP) clinics. At this stage, it is expected that students will have acquired sufficient knowledge to fully appreciate the significance of bringing a new drug candidate to market, allowing for the process of drug development to be explored in depth. Students will complete their independent research and will prepare a written summary of their research project and findings in the form of a research paper suitable for publication in an appropriate academic journal. Students will also deliver an oral presentation summarising their research, following which they will be required to respond to examiners' questions regarding their project design, findings and implications.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the role of the pharmacist in areas of advanced practice in contemporary Australian pharmacy, including home medicines reviews and pharmacist prescribing;
  • Have an understanding of various aspects of clinical pharmaceutics and the process inherent to modern drug development;
  • Collate, summarise and interpret previously collected research data culminating in the construction of a scholarly manuscript, in preparation for dissemination as a research publication in a suitable academic journal;
  • Design and prepare an oral presentation, communicating the aims, methodologies and outcomes of their research project in a manner that is engaging for a target audience and respond effectively to examiners questions and critique.

Subject Assessment

  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Research report - (50%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (10%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Compulsory residential attendance is required for successful completion of this subject.

As this is a core level 4 subject in the BPharm(Hons)/MPharm pathway, students will be expected to have completed all core level 1, 2 and 3 subjects.
Prerequisites: PC4402


Townsville, Mixed attendance, Study Period 2
Census Date 26-Aug-2021
Face to face teaching (4 week on-campus teaching block; Residential)
Workload expectations:

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

  • 12 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours practicals - Extemporaneous Dispensing
  • 12 hours workshops - GLS
  • 50 hours self study
  • 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.