Course Title: Pharmacy Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Pharmacy Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Katherine Baverstock

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7536

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.031

Course Coordinator Availability: Preferably by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Course Description

The first Pharmacy Practice course builds on your  knowledge, behaviours and skills you will be required to develop in your journey to becoming a safe and effective pharmacist.  During this course, you will be familiarized to the following areas of pharmacy practice

  • Pharmaceutical policy, legislation, guidelines, standards and ethics.
  • Sociology of health and medicines as related to pharmacy practice.
  • The role of the pharmacist.
  • OTC medicines, complementary medicines and pharmacy specific services.
  • Professional communication skills.
  • Team leadership and management skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to capability development in the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and accountability (PLO1)
  • Research, critically evaluate and apply evidence in professional practice (PLO 2)
  • Demonstrate team and leadership skills to optimize practice (PLO3)
  • Demonstrate social responsibility to improve healthcare (PLO4)
  • Communicate effectively for the delivery of patient centred care (PLO 5)
  • Apply pharmaceutical, medication and health knowledge and skills to improve patient and population health (PLO 7)


On successful conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the policies, legislation and practice standards that govern Pharmacy Practice in Australia.
  2. Relate sociological factors to the access and use of health services and medicines.
  3. Assess requests for and recommend over the counter medicines to manage a number of simple, self-limiting health conditions
  4. Review evidence associated with alternative and complementary medicines commonly stocked in community pharmacies.
  5. Apply the principles of team leadership and management.

Overview of Learning Activities

A number of different learning activities will be used to enable to the students to develop the required knowledge and capabilities.  These include

  • Didactic lectures - factual information about the study area will be presented.
  • Workshops, tutorials and practorials - problem-solving related to the study area.

Role play and simulation - practising the types of interactions a you may experience in pharmacy practice 

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources include lecture notes, practorial/tutorial worksheets, digitised readings, prescribed texts and reference books. The Blackboard site on myRMIT is an important site for resources and information, and should be consulted on a daily basis.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is both formative and summative, and evaluates both academic and professional skills.

  1. Formative assessment will be related in practorials and tutorials. This type of assessment gives you advice about strengthening your academic and professional skills.
  2. Summative assessment will assess your ability to research, explain and apply key concepts presented throughout the course.
  3. Clinical Skills Assessments evaluate whether you have reached a level of professional and clinical competency appropriate to the stage of the program



All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Summative assessment includes:

  1. Assignments (40%)

        These assessment tasks support CLOs  2 and 5

  1. Clinical Skills Assessments (CSA) (10%)

        This is a hurdle requirement for this course

        These assessment tasks support CLOs 3 and 4

  1. Examination (50%)
    This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5