INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY PRACTICE

PHA1IPP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This cornerstone subject provides basic skills and information so that students can understand the roles of pharmacy and the pharmacist. It introduces students to pharmacy-related databases, information sources and to the concepts of patient-centred care and health literacy. Students will be introduced to a range of pharmacy practice elements, including the profession of pharmacy in the health care system, its history, ethical and legal issues, dispensing and a range of clinical practice and professional service areas for pharmacy.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Summers

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy course (SVPB or SBPM or SHPM or SBPB or SHPB).

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students must be registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia, have a current Police Check and Working with Children Check, Hand Hygiene Certificate, associated immunization requirements, signed consent and placement guidelines before attending placement.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAPF 23 (Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook)PrescribedPharmaceutical Society of Australia23rd ED (2015) CANBERRA
ReadingsMosby's Dictonary of Medicine, Nursing & Health ProfessionalsPrescribedHarris, P., Nagy, S & Vardaxis, N. (Eds.). (2010)Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW
Discipline SpecificPharmacy Practice Drug CompendiumPrescribedSchool of Pharmacy and Applied ScienceLa Trobe University

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and discuss both practical issues and the roles that pharmacists play, including their role as part of the healthcare team and in the broader Australian healthcare system, across both community and hospital settings.

Activities:
Demonstrated in the reflective placement report and the exam. Marks are allocated for writing and grammar.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Speaking)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate an understanding of the quality use of medicine (QUM) principles and select appropriate resources for drug information enquiry to discuss medications commonly used in practice.

Activities:
Demonstrated in the reflective placement report and the exam. Marks are allocated for writing and grammar.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Speaking)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Describe and apply the requirements that define a legal prescription and label

Activities:
Assessed in the exam. Students are required to identify illegal scripts, and explain why.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Demonstrate the principles of differential diagnosis.

Activities:
Workshops and exercises are utilised to develop skills with consistent interpretation of prescription and transference of information to label. Assessed in the exam. Students are required to identify inappropriate labels, as well as write labels from provided prescriptions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Describe the concept of health literacy

Activities:
Workshops and exercises are utilized to develop skills and an understanding of health literacy and how it applies to pharmacy practice. Assessed the exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Apply basic ethical related principles in considering health related issues

Activities:
Lectures and workshops explore examples that address specific pharmacy related issues. Assessed in the exam. Students are presented with a scenario and need to discuss the related discipline specific ethical issue and appropriate action
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)

07. Discuss pharmacy practice related issues and actively contribute to discussions on these topics

Activities:
Research and discuss through lectures workshops and self-directed learning activities to develop an understanding of the pharmacist roles relating to specific practice areas. Assessed in group assignment and oral presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Speaking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

08. Demonstrate understanding of eHealth and mHealth issues relating to the pharmacy profession

Activities:
Lectures and workshops to explore latest technologies and how they relate to pharmacy practice. Assessed in exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

09. Demonstrate understanding of pharmacy related information in an oral format

Activities:
Workshop and group assignment to prepare information and present the information in an oral presentation. How to deliver an oral presentation on discipline specific and technical material to general audience.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Speaking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Summers

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"1 hr per week of blended learning activity"

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site Week: 10 - 22
Two 2.0 hours placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"1 community pharmacy observational placement 1 hospital pharmacy observational placement"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1.5-hour examination30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
10 minute oral assessment (500 words equivelent)30 01, 02, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09
1 hour mid-semester test15 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Placement report (500 word)Hurdle requirement: Students MUST submit satisfactory placement reports in order to obtain a pass10 01, 02
Presentation of group work activity 10min: incl. oral, content, peer assessment (1000 words equiv)10 minute group presentation assessed on content (5%), oral presentation (5%), peer assessment (5%)15 07, 09