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PC2004 - Professional Pharmacy Practice 1

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

Available to students enrolled in level 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

This subject examines the social and behavioural aspects of pharmacy practice and the pharmacists role as a primary health care provider within the multidisciplinary health care team. It has been designed to increase the students knowledge and understanding of verbal communication, history taking, interpersonal and counselling skills that consider the different cultural and socioeconomic needs of the patient. The provision of appropriate primary health care promotion information and the principles underlying quality use of medicines is introduced.The student will also extend their knowledge and application of the pharmaceutics, solid pharmaceutical formulations, dosage forms, pharmaceutical correctness and appropriate presentation of the final product.

Learning Outcomes

  • consolidate understanding of the forensic aspects of pharmacy practice;
  • demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the concepts of pharmaceutical care and of quality use of medication and their relevance to rural and remote health care;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the pharmaceutics of solid pharmaceutical formulations and dosage forms;
  • develop an appreciation of the need for accuracy and thoroughness in extemporaneous dispensing and manufacturing operations;
  • develop awareness of the nature of the health care professions and the pharmacists role in both the primary and secondary care team;
  • further develop verbal communication and counselling skills required for the education of patients and the provision of advice to other health care professionals;
  • outline the principles of reaction kinetics and drug stability;
  • understand the fundamental concepts of quality in health care.

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 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.
Prerequisites: All level 1 BPharm subjects


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Martina Mylrea
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Mr David Herron, Professor Beverley Glass, Dr Martina Mylrea, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); lab reports and assessment (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.