Course Title: Pharmacy Practice 3
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Pharmacy Practice 3
Credit Points: 12.00
160H Medical Sciences
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016
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: Dr Chiao Xin Lim
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7357
Course Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.030
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
Required Prior Study
You should have satisfactorily completed following course/s before you commence this course.
- PHAR1017 Essentials of Health Care Practice (Course ID 051756)
- PHAR1005 Pharmacy Practice 2 (Course ID 045879)
Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.
Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.
Pharmacy Practice 3 further develops the knowledge, behaviours and skills introduced in Pharmacy Practice 1 and Pharmacy Practice 2.
In this course you will learn how to assess and safely dispense a prescription, and how to counsel a patient about their medicines. You will develop an understanding of pharmacy legislation and management.
You will extend your knowledge of minor health conditions presented in a primary care setting. You will be introduced to the process of medication review, including obtaining the best possible medication history, advising patients and communicating findings with relevant health professionals.
You will be introduced to the concepts of social accountability and its importance in developing healthier societies.
The second Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity of the Program is located within this course and will occur in a community pharmacy setting. You will reflect on your experiences during the placement to inform your own professional development.
NOTE: Study abroad program students will be exempted from Work Integrated Learning activities.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or Equitable Learning Services 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.
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 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.
Students are required to provide evidence of completion of a hand hygiene course.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
This course contributes to development of the following Program Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate professional behaviour and accountability (PLO 1)
- Research, critically evaluate and apply evidence in professional practice (PLO 2)
- Demonstrate team and leadership skills to optimize practice (PLO 3)
- Demonstrate social responsibility to improve healthcare (PLO 4)
- 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)
- Formulate, prepare and supply medicines and therapeutic products (PLO 8)
On successful conclusion of this course, you should be able to:
- Apply policy, legislation and standards that govern pharmacy practice in Australia.
- Collect a detailed patient health and medication history and advise others in a professional and ethical way
- Assess and accurately dispense prescriptions and counsel individuals about their prescribed medicines.
- Assess individuals in clinical practice or in simulated cases presenting with minor health conditions and recommend suitable over the counter (OTC) medicines for a number of self-limiting health conditions.
- Assess the evidence base associated with complementary medicines appropriate to the treatment of minor conditions managed by community pharmacies.
- Rationalise and demonstrate the professional behaviours and ethics of a practising pharmacist.
Overview of Learning Activities
You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, 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 used in practorials and tutorials. 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 Task 1: Mid-Semester Test
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 4 & 5
Assessment Task 2: WIL Placement Workbook (HURDLE Requirement)
This assessment supports CLOs 1 - 6
Assessment Task 3: Objective Structured Clinical Skill Examination - OSCE (HURDLE Requirement)
This assessment supports CLOs 1 - 6
Assessment Task 4: End of Semester Case-Based Assignment
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6
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.