Course Title: Pharmacy Practice 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Pharmacy Practice 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PHAR1006

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

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

PHAR1006

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 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

Course Coordinator Availability: Preferably by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

 

 

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

Prerequisites

PHAR1001 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

PHAR1017 Essentials of Healthcare Practice 

PHAR1016 Essential Medicine Formulations

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 3 further develops the knowledge, behaviours and skills introduced in Pharmacy Practice 1 and Pharmacy Practice 2. In this course you will learn how to assess and safely dispense a prescription, and how to counsel a patient about their medicines.

You will extend your knowledge of minor health conditions presented in a primary care setting.

You will be introduced to the process of medication review, including obtaining the best possible medication history, advising patients and communicating findings with relevant health professionals.

You will be introduced to the concepts of health literacy and health psychology as tools to help you advise patients effectively.

The second Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity of the Program is located within this course and will occur in a community pharmacy setting. You will reflect on your experiences during the placement to inform your own professional development.

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

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.

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 development of the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • 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)
  • Formulate, prepare and supply medicines and therapeutic products (PLO 8)


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. Collect a detailed patient health and medication history and advise others in a professional and ethical way
  3. Assess and accurately dispense prescriptions and counsel individuals about their prescribed medicines.
  4. Assess individuals presenting with minor health conditions and recommend suitable over the counter (OTC) medicines for a number of self-limiting health conditions.
  5. Assess the evidence base associated with complementary medicines appropriate to the treatment of minor conditions managed by community pharmacies.
  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, digitised 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 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).

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Mid-Semester test

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 2: Clinical Skills Assessments

- WIL Placement Workbook

Weighting 10%

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

This is a hurdle requirement for this course

- OSCE Assessments

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 5 & 6

This is a hurdle requirement for this course

Assessment Task 3: End of semester Examination

Weighting 50%

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