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.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRichard Summers

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

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)


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsStudents 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.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Pharmacy Practice Drug Compendium

Resource TypeOther resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorSchool of Pharmacy and Applied Science



PublisherLa Trobe University


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

APF 25 (Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook)

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorPharmaceutical Society of Australia


Edition/Volume25th ED

PublisherPharmaceutical Society of Australia, CANBERRA


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Mosby's Dictonary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professionals

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorMosby (ed)



PublisherElsevier, Chatswood, NSW


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days required3 hours

Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - regional

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

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.
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.
03. Describe and apply the requirements that define a legal prescription and label
04. Demonstrate the principles of differential diagnosis.
05. Describe the concept of health literacy
06. Apply basic ethical related principles in considering health related issues
07. Discuss pharmacy practice related issues and actively contribute to discussions on these topics
08. Demonstrate understanding of eHealth and mHealth issues relating to the pharmacy profession
09. Demonstrate understanding of pharmacy related information in an oral format

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRichard Summers

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Problem Based LearningWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour 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

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 10 - 22
Two 2.00 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 placement1 hospital pharmacy observational placement


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1-hour examination (1000 words equivalent)

Feedback not returned on summative assessment.

N/ACentral examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7, SILO8

10 minute oral assessment (500 words equivalent)

Completed rubric and comments returned to students after all presentations are marked.

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7, SILO8, SILO9

1 hour mid-semester test (1000-word equivalents)

Mid-semester test is administered as an LMS quiz and is marked electronically.

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7, SILO8

Placement report (500 word) Hurdle requirement: Students MUST submit satisfactory placement reports in order to obtain a pass

N/AReportIndividualYes10 SILO1, SILO2

Presentation of group work activity. (1000 words equivalent) 10-minute group presentation assessed on content (5%), oral presentation (5%), peer assessment (5%)

Assessed rubric and comments are returned to students after all presentations have been assessed.

N/AOral presentationGroupNo15 SILO7, SILO9