Course Title: Pharmacy Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Pharmacy Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PHAR1005

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

PHAR1005

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Thilini Thrimawithana

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7125

Course Coordinator Email: thilini.thrimawithana@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.007


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is specifically designed for students of Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program (BH102) and is not available to other students.

Enforced prerequisites

  • PHAR1003 Pharmacy Practice 1

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students are expected to have completed (or gained credit for) and be familiar with the content of all previous courses of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program (BH102).

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.  Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Immunisation Declaration Form
  • Hand Hygiene certificate

There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.


Course Description

Pharmacy Practice 2 develops the knowledge, behaviours and skills required to become and safe and effective pharmacist. In this course you will extend your knowledge and the application of skills in areas of pharmacy practice introduced in Pharmacy Practice 1 (PHAR1003) including:

  • 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.
  • Communication skills.
  • Team leadership and management skills.

 

You will be introduced to the pharmacist’s role in population health and health promotion, from both local and global perspectives.

 

You will undertake a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Placement during the semester to enable you to experience and observe real-life pharmacy practice and reflect upon your experiences to inform your own professional development.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

NOTE: Study abroad program students will be exempted from Work Integrated Learning activities.

 

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course. A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement. Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • Immunisation Declaration Form
  • Hand Hygiene certificate

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course. A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.
Students are responsible for any expenses associated to attending professional placement. These costs may include, but are not limited to the following: uniform, police check application, first aid training, travel, accommodation and vaccinations.
Further details on each of these are available on MyRMIT.

Placement Agreements:
Placement agreements between RMIT and the placement organisation are in place. Any information required by students contained in the agreement is available on MyRMIT or InPlace.

National Police check:
Students are required to apply for a National Police Record Check in each year that a placement is to be undertaken. In some cases students may be required to obtain an additional police check during the year where an organisation stipulates a shorter time period for the issue of the police check.
Where a student has a disclosable outcome recorded on their police check certificate, the Placement Coordinator or WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement. It is important to note that a disclosable outcome may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.
Students are required to advise the School in a timely manner of any change to their criminal record during the academic year. In the case of a change, students are required to apply for a new National Police Record Check if placements for that year are still to occur.

Working with Children Check:
A current Working with Children Card (WWCC) must be held by the student. Students are required by law to list RMIT as an organisation with who you will be undertaking child related volunteer work. Where a student receives a negative notice for their WWCC, the Placement Coordinator or WIL Coordinator will make contact with the relevant placement organisation to confirm eligibility to attend the placement. A negative notice means you cannot engage in child-related work under any circumstance. It is important to note that a negative notice may prevent a student from accessing suitable, or any, professional placement(s) and may therefore be delayed or prevented from satisfactorily progressing through the program.

Immunisation Declaration form:
Students are required to submit the School’s Immunisation Declaration Form as evidence of vaccinations and immunity. This form must be completed and signed off by a medical practitioner.

Hand Hygiene:
Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a hand hygiene course.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and accountability (PLO 1)
  • Research, critically evaluate and apply evidence in professional practice (PLO 2)
  • Demonstrate team and leadership skills to optimise practice (PLO 3)
  • Demonstrate social responsibility to improve healthcare (PLO 4)
  • Communicate effectively for the delivery of patient centred care (PLO 5)
  • Identify areas for development to improve competency (PLO 6)
  • Apply pharmaceutical, medication and health knowledge and skills to improve patient and population health (PLO 7)

 


Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply policy, legislation and standards that govern pharmacy practice in Australia.
  2. Explain the pharmacist’s role, ethical responsibility and opportunities to partake in public health and health promotion activities.
  3. Assess requests and recommend appropriate over the counter (OTC) medicines for self-limiting conditions.
  4. Explain the principles of palliative care and relate these to the role of the pharmacist in the community setting.
  5. Relate social and professional challenges with the use of medicines in socially disadvantaged and culturally diverse communities.
  6. Rationalise and demonstrate the professional behaviours and ethics of a practising pharmacist


Overview of Learning Activities

A number of different learning activities will be used to enable you 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 student may experience in pharmacy practice.
  • Practical exercises.
  • Work integrated learning (placement) activity.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources include lecture notes, practorial/tutorial worksheets, work integrated learning workbook, digitized readings, prescribed texts and reference books. The RMIT Learning Management System 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 used 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 clinical and professional proficiency 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).

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Assignments

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Clinical Skills Assessments comprising: 

a) Work-integrated learning workbook

This is a hurdle requirement for this course.

Weighting 20%

This assessment tasks support CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5 & 6

b) OSCE assessments

This is a hurdle requirement for this course.

Weighting 10%

This assessment tasks support CLOs 3 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Examinations

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6