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,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Simon Young

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7309

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.11

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


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 the following Program Learning Outcomes BH102 – Bachelor of Pharmacy(Hons):

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

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

    1. Communicate information, arguments and analyses to colleagues and patients of diverse backgrounds
    2. Recognise ethical challenges and make defensible decisions.
    3. Identify the potential roles of the pharmacist in promoting good health and disease prevention
    4. Apply numeracy skills to solve problems related to science and pharmacy.

Overview of Learning Activities

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

    • Directed tutorial activities
    • Oral and written presentations (face-to-face and on-line)
    • Student-staff interactive sessions
    • Completion of directed self-study activities
  • 60 hours face-to-face and online activities

    60 hours of self-directed study

Overview of Learning Resources


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

  • Online reading
  • Lecture notes
  • Detailed study program
  • External internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.
  • Self-study workbook exercises
  • 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


☐This course has no hurdle requirements.

☒ 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 (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks


Early Assessment Task 1a: Formative Maths Test

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 and 4

Early Assessment Task 1b: Academic Integrity Test (Hurdle)

Weighting 0%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2

Assessment Task 2: Professional Development — Communication Skills

-          Interview a Pharmacist (15%)

-          Interview a Health Professional (10%)

-          Interpret a patient self-care card OSCE (15%)

-          Develop a self-care card (20%)

Weighting 60%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 and 3


Assessment Task 3:Professional Development -- Number Skills

-          Maths Quizzes (5 %)

-          Maths Test (25 %)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO  4

Assessment 4: Professional Development -- Reflective exercises

Weighting 10% 

This assessment supports CLOs 2 and 3