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PC4412 - Advanced Pharmacy Practice (Professional Honours) 1

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

This subject continues to develop areas of professional pharmacy practice, pharmaceutics and counselling. In the pharmacy practice area, students will expand on their previous knowledge in management to include financial management relating to pharmacy practice. Pharmacy law and ethics will consider issues in contemporary practice, with a focus on workplace law, negligence, privacy, digital health and ethical dilemmas. Students will continue to develop skills in clinical dispensing and counselling and extemporaneous dispensing. In the area of pharmaceutics, students will explore novel drug delivery and biosimilar medications. Additionally, students will learn the theory and principles of immunisation and be trained in the delivery of vaccinations in the pharmacy setting. Students will continue development of their project management skills. They will analyse their project findings in order to extract conceptually robust conclusions and derive meaningful and practically relevant recommendations, including strategies for implementation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the basic dispensing functions of a pharmacist in the areas of clinical and extemporaneous dispensing and patient counselling;
  • Discuss and demonstrate an understanding of aspects of contemporary pharmacy practice relating to management theory, business law and ethics;
  • Discuss advanced applications in drug delivery including novel drug delivery systems;
  • Explain the theoretical basis of immunisation and demonstrate competence in vaccine delivery;
  • Create a professionally appropriate and critical examination of their group project findings and outcomes from which robust conclusions can be extracted and future recommendations provided.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • On-course - (25%) - Group & Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (35%) - Individual.
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


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 25-Mar-2021
Lecturers: Ms Kathy Thomas, Assoc. Professor Peta-Ann Teague, Dr Robi Islam.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours practicals
  • 60 hours - Guided Learning Sessions
  • 21 hours laboratory sessions
  • 12 hours online collaboration sessions
  • 48 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • 120 hours placement

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.