Course Title: Introduction to Pharmacy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Pharmacy

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Little AM

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7942

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.09

Course Coordinator Availability: Preferably by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is available only to students of the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Program (BH102).

Course Description

This is a transition course into the study Pharmacy at RMIT University that will provide you with an initial foundation in the transferrable skills and capabilities that are required to successfully complete the degree program. The major focus of the course is to develop and understanding of the varied and expanding professional roles of pharmacist  and the contribution to the promotion of good health and disease prevention.

You will examine, in the context of the Australian healthcare system, the theory and practice of personal and interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication skills, teamwork and learning practice. The course will also cover the basics of numerical/statistical scientific methods and practice and problem solving through information retrieval and application.

You will also be introduced to reflective practice which will be integrated into courses throughout the four years of the program. Reflective practice supports personal and professional capability development  in readiness for your career as a pharmacist. This process plays a valuable role in your development during placements in community, hospital and other specialised work integrated environments.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to capability development in the following Domains of the National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists in Australia:

  • Domain 1 - Professional and Ethical Practice
  • Domain 2 - Communication, collaboration and self-management

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Communicate information, arguments and analyses to colleagues and patients of diverse backgrouds
  • Discuss the career spectrum of the modern pharmacy professional
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the requirement for ethical behaviour in pharmacy students, interns and pharmacists
  • Reflect on the role of the pharmacist in promoting good health and disease prevention in the context of the Australian healthcare system
  • Collect and assess views and information on pharmacy practice from a variety of sources with your peers
  • Examine basic theoretical and practical skills in the analysis of data for scenarios related to pharmacy [literacy & numeracy skills]


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be actively engaged in the following learning activities:

  • Group and peer directed tutorial activities
  • Oral and written presentations (face-to-face and on-line)
  • Pharmacy Leaders Forums by leading pharmacists in varied roles
  • Student-staff interactive sessions

Overview of Learning Resources

During this course you will have access to the following learning resources, through the myRMIT system:

  • Digitised readings
  • Lecture notes
  • Detailed study program
  • External internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.
  • Reflective practice exercises
  • For major assignments, detailed feedback will be provided by email using iFeedback enabling you to learn from your mistakes and improve your performance


Overview of Assessment

Assessment components include:

  • Academic integrety exercise (hurdle requirement)
  • Short written essays in a formal style
  • Assignment presentation (group activity)
  • Reflective entries in a formal style (ePortfolio)
  • Formal number skills exit test following a formative quiz and workshop series
  • In addition to the formal assessment components there will be ongoing opportunities for you to receive feedback designed to allow you to review and evaluate your progress and engagement with the learning activities and resources. These include peer review.