Course Title: Introduction to Pharmacy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Pharmacy

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Katherine Baverstock

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7536

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.031

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The major focus of this course is for you to develop an understanding of the varied and expanding professional roles of pharmacists and their 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 in addition to 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 preparation for your career as a pharmacist.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH102 Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours):

  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and accountability. (PLO 1)
  • 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 personal development to improve competency. (PLO 6)
  • Apply pharmaceutical, medication and health knowledge and skills to improve patient and population health. (PLO 7)

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Communicate information to colleagues and patients of diverse backgrounds and make evidence-based, defensible decisions.
  2. Recognise fundamental characteristics of the pharmacy profession including professional, legal and ethical dimensions of practice.
  3. Recognise the varied roles played by pharmacists in Australian settings, including health promotion and disease prevention.
  4. Apply numeracy skills to solve problems related to health.
  5. Recognise and apply appropriate writing and referencing techniques for University study.

Overview of Learning Activities

A number of different learning activities will be used to enable you to develop the required knowledge and capabilities for this course. These include:

  • Recorded lectures- factual information about study areas will be presented.
  • Workshops- further exploration of lecture content through workshop exercises and case-based scenarios
  • Self-directed activities- completion of additional recommended readings and private study.

Overview of Learning Resources

During this course you will have access to a number of learning resources through the online Learning Management System (LMS) site on myRMIT. These include:

  • Detailed course guide
  • Lecture notes
  • Materials for workshops
  • Links to electronic and hardcopy RMIT Library resources · Links to additional electronic readings and external resources

Students are advised to regularly check the Canvas site for this course on myRMIT for updated information, resources and announcements.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Pharmacy Teams Assessment

Weighting 25%

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

Assessment Task 2: Medication Dosage Calculations Quiz

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Professional Communication Case Studies

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2, 3 and 5

Assessment Task 4: Case Studies in Pharmacy Practice

Weighting 30%

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