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PC1004 - Introduction to Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

Available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

Professional pharmacy practice occurs in a large variety of settings including hospitals, the community, armed forces, industry and research institutions. In this module, students are introduced to the role of pharmacy in Australian society, including the history of pharmacy, professional ethics and forensic aspects of pharmacy. Students are introduced to the skills necessary to effectively communicate with other health care professionals in the provision of quality primary and secondary health care in both urban areas and the extended role in rural and remote parts of Australia. Students are introduced to formulation science, including practical extemporaneous dispensing, together with the basics of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics and other factors which determine the bioavailability of a drug in the body.

Learning Outcomes

  • be able to identify the role of the pharmacy practitioner as a member of the primary and secondary health care team in Australia;
  • be able to discuss the forensic and ethical role of the pharmacist;
  • have gained experience in communication skills and theory in support of the role of the pharmacist;
  • be able to describe the principles of pharmacokinetics, and;
  • be experienced in elementary extemporaneous dispensing, and be able to discuss introductory aspects of pharmaceutics.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.

Availabilities

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Mr Joe Grasso, Professor Beverley Glass, Dr Martina Mylrea, Mrs Sue Carson, <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 18 hours tutorials
  • 24 hours practicals
  • 3 hours professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); pharmacy practice assessment (40%).

Townsville, Study Period 3, Internal
Census Date 02-Feb-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Ian Heslop, Mr Joe Grasso, Professor Beverley Glass, Mrs Sue Carson, <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 18 hours tutorials
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); lab test and reports (30%); assignments (10%).

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.