units

PAC3362

Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

print version

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

To find units available for enrolment in the current year, you must make sure you use the indexes and browse unit tool in the current edition of the Handbook.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedSunway Second semester 2013 (Day)
Parkville Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Johnson George (Parkville); Mr David Chong (Sunway)

Synopsis

In this unit students will acquire or further develop knowledge relating to the:

  • Ethical principles in relation to the practice of pharmacy.

In this unit students will develop an appreciation of:

  • The competency standards for the practice of pharmacy in Australia
  • The Australian healthcare system
  • Alternative therapies available in Australia
  • The practice of pharmacy in hospital and rural settings
  • Drug information services.

In this unit students will develop an understanding of;

  • Aged care services
  • The principles of multiple-medication management and the skills for performing multiple medication management reviews.

In this unit students will further develop abilities in:

  • Performing pharmaceutical calculations
  • Dispensing multiple prescriptions with 100% accuracy in different settings using commercial dispensing programs
  • Providing reliable drug information to health professionals and consumers and
  • Undertaking comprehensive medication reviews in different practice settings.

This will involve the study of:

  • ethics in Pharmacy Practice
  • competency and standards
  • the Australian healthcare system
  • aged care services
  • multiple medication management
  • hospital practice
  • drug information services
  • IV lines
  • rural practice
  • alternative therapies

As part of this unit students will submit assignments, participate in tutorials, attend practicals, and undertake some self-directed learning, all of which will enhance their learning experience.

Outcomes

At the completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the pharmacist in patient care, the ethical codes that guide the profession of pharmacy and apply those in a practice setting;
  2. Describe the Australian health care system, alternative therapies, competency and practice standards documents, and aged care services;
  3. Apply the principles of multiple medication management and problem solving skills to clinical situations in various practice settings;
  4. Describe the practice of pharmacy in hospital and rural settings;
  5. Describe the principles and procedures in the provision of drug information;
  6. Perform pharmaceutical calculations relevant to the practice of pharmacy;
  7. Prepare and dispense extemporaneous preparations and dispense proprietary products with 100% accuracy in different practice settings using commercial dispensing programs;
  8. Provide reliable and unbiased drug information to health professionals and consumers;
  9. Undertake comprehensive medication reviews in different practice settings;
  10. Communicate effectively with patients and other health professionals.

Assessment

Final exam (2 hours): 50%; Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) (2 hours): 40%; Medication Management Assignment: 10%.

Hurdle: Pharmaceutical calculations (minimum 80% required to pass the unit)

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Contact hours for on-campus students:
Thirty 1-hour lectures
One 2-hour tutorial
Five 2-hour practicals

Prerequisites

PAC2331 Pharmacists as communicators
PAC2342 Pharmacy in a public health context

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: