Course Title: Integrated Therapeutics and Pharmacy Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Therapeutics and Pharmacy Practice 1

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PHAR1010

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

PHAR1010

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Katherine Baverstock

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7536

Course Coordinator Email: katherine.baverstock@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.010

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced prerequisites

PHAR1007 Pharmacy Practice 4

PHAR1015 Applied Clinical Therapeutics for Pharmacy B

or equivalent

Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have successfully completed year, Year 2 and Year 3 of the BH102 program before enrolling in this course.

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

This is the first of two capstone courses in Year 4 of the Program, integrating learning from the previous three years’ studies into discrete modules of study, in which you will develop your ability to make clinical and professional practice-based decisions in a patient-specific context. The focus of this course is on chronic disease states and conditions that affect older individuals.

You will learn to enhance the quality use of medicines for patients with complex health needs and communicate your recommendations with patients and health care practitioners, in both verbal and written form.

As part of your preparation for internship, you will learn how to develop your CV that will assist your applications for internships. You will develop a personal learning plan as part of your professional development, and be encouraged to consider innovative ways of providing healthcare to the community.

The final Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement is associated with this course, and is an elective placement where you can strengthen your professional and clinical skills, and learn about different practice specialities for pharmacists. Your reflection on this experience will help inform your professional development. 

For students who commence enrolment in the BH102 program on or after 1 January 2016, as you are taking this course as part of a Bachelor (Honours) program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.

See the WAM information web page for more information.(http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=eyj5c0mo77631)

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.


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


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. assess an individual with complex health and medication needs and make recommendations consistent with the best possible therapeutic outcomes,
  2. appropriately communicate these recommendations to the individual and their health care team in accordance with legal and professional expectations
  3. describe the concept of “follow-up” in patient care and use objective and subjective information to make modifications to therapy when required
  4. develop a personal learning plan which will include a reflection on your strengths, weaknesses and professional aspirations
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the application of management principles to the provision of healthcare


Overview of Learning Activities

The course features a range of learning activities that actively engage you in content acquisition and skills development required to successfully manage a patient’s medications:

  • Small class lectures
  • Group and peer directed tutorial activities
  • Oral and written presentations
  • Site visits to community and hospital pharmacies
  • Student-staff interactive sessions

 


Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be directed to use a range of contemporary pharmacy references such as the Australian Medicines Handbook, the Therapeutic Guidelines, guidelines published by expert bodies (such as The Heart Foundation) and other resources as appropriate


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 competency appropriate to the stage in 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:

Clinical Skills Assessment, which may include

a) Work-integrated learning workbook

Weighting 0%

This is a hurdle requirement for this course

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

b) OSCE Assessment

Weighting 20%

This is a hurdle requirement for this course

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Intra semester tests

Weighting 30%

These assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

End of semester tests

Weighting 50%

These assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

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.