Pharmacy Practice 3

10 Units

Considers aspects of pharmacy practice including a systematic review of over the counter medicines and the management of minor illnesses. Critical appraisal of literature and evidence based medicine approaches are introduced in this course to help in the provision of drug information to health professionals. Immunisation programs and their application in population health are discussed. Pharmaceutical dispensing techniques, including advanced extemporaneous manufacturing processes are further developed in this course. Placements to pharmacies in the community to gain an insight to the practice of pharmacy. This course is a Compulsory Program Component and must be passed in order to progress in the Master of Pharmacy. Programs generally have defined periods for their professional education placements. These are based on negotiations between health providers and the University. Students are asked to note however, that placements may occur at any time during the calendar year and not just within defined placement periods or university terms. The timing of your placement will depend largely on the availability of placement opportunities within health services sector. Students MUST NOT organise their own placements without prior approval by the Program Convenor.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Availability Trimester 3 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)

Students should:

  1. Develop skills to provide advice for the proper use of over-the-counter (OTC) products;
  2. Understand the role of immunisation programs in public health and to be able to counsel consumers about the benefits and risks of immunisation;
  3. Display competency in the manufacture of extemporaneous pharmaceutical products, pharmaceutical calculations, dispensing skills and counselling;
  4. Develop an understanding of drug information resources and their application in pharmacy;
  5. Gain an understanding of the critical appraisal of literature and its use in the quality use of medicines and evidence based practice.
  1. The concept of minor illness and major disease and the use of OTC products
  2. The use of OTC products for respiratory tract conditions
  3. Medicines in pregnancy and lactation
  4. Vaccination - products, schedules and counselling issues
  5. Principles of wound management
  6. Dispensing and counselling skill development
  7. Drug information resources and their use
  8. Critical appraisal skills
  9. Application and interpretation of basic statistical techniques
  10. Visits to community pharmacies.
Replacing Course(s) Replacing PHAR6007 Pharmacy Practice 3 10 Units
Transition This course will be taught for the first time in 2008. Students who are required to repeat PHAR6007 will be provided with specific lectures, tutorials and self directed learning material by both didactic and on-line modes of delivery.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge PHAR6004 Pharmacy Practice 2 or PHAR6121 Pharmacy Practice 2
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Drug information assignment with oral presentation.
  • Examination: Formal - Written end of Trimester examination.
  • Other: (please specify) - Students must achieve a passing or higher grade as specified in course outline, in all assessment items to obtain a passing or higher grade in this course.
  • Other: (please specify) - Students must satisfactorily complete the placement and clinical skills components during this course. This will be determined by satisfactory completion of their clinical skills/placement workbook, placement journal and preceptor appraisals.
  • Other: (please specify) - Students must demonstrate competency in both theoretical knowledge & laboratory skills which form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist. Extemporaneous dispensing practicals.
  • Other: (please specify) - Oral/OSCE examinations
Contact Hours
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
  • Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program
  • Compulsory Course Component: OHS-Criminal Record Check
  • Compulsory Course Component: OHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
  • Compulsory Program Component: Prior successful completion of PHAR6121 Pharmacy Practice 2 and concurrent enrolment in or prior completion of PHAR6132 Pharmaceutics 3. National Police Check, Working with Children and Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunisation record and Patient Confidentiality Form.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PHAR6131

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