Course Title: Pharmacy Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Pharmacy Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Kate Wang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7907

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.029-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-Requisite Courses

Successful completion of:


Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Course Description

The first Pharmacy Practice course builds on your knowledge, behaviours and skills you will be required to develop in your journey to becoming a safe and effective pharmacist.  During this course, you will be familiarized to the following areas of pharmacy practice

  • Pharmaceutical policy, legislation, guidelines, standards and ethics.
  • Sociology of health and medicines as related to pharmacy practice.
  • The role of the pharmacist.
  • OTC medicines, complementary medicines and pharmacy specific services.
  • Professional communication skills.
  • Team leadership and management skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to capability development in the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO):

  • 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)


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

  1. Identify the policies, legislation and practice standards that govern Pharmacy Practice in Australia.
  2. Relate sociological factors to the access and use of health services and medicines.
  3. Assess requests for and recommend over the counter medicines to manage a number of simple, self-limiting health conditions.
  4. Review evidence associated with alternative and complementary medicines commonly stocked in community pharmacies.
  5. Apply the principles of team leadership and management. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is both formative and summative, and evaluates both academic and professional skills. 

Formative assessment will be related in practorials. This type of assessment gives you advice about strengthening your academic and professional skills. 

Summative assessment will assess your ability to research, explain and apply key concepts presented throughout the course. 

Clinical Skills Assessments evaluate whether you have reached clinical and professional standards appropriate to the stage in the program 

This course contains 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 Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Written Assignment
Weighting 20%
This assessment task support CLOs 2 & 5 

Assessment Task 2: Test 
Weighting 20% 
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 

Assessment Task 3: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs) (HURDLE Requirement
Weighting 30% 
This assessment task support CLOs 3 &, 4 & 7  

Assessment Task 4: Online Written Assessment
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.