Course Title: Integrated Therapeutics and Pharmacy Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Integrated Therapeutics and Pharmacy Practice 2

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Julie Stevens

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7789

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.022

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


Course Description

This is the second of two capstone courses in Year 4 of the Program, integrating learning from all previous three years’ studies into discrete modules of study, in which you will develop your ability to make clinical and professional practice-based decisions in a patient-specific context. The focus of this course is on acute disease states and conditions that affect younger individuals.

You will learn to enhance the quality use of medicines for patients with complex health needs and communicate your recommendations with patients and health care practitioners, in both verbal and written form, observing legal and professional expectations.

You will continue to develop a personal learning plan as part of your professional development, and be encouraged to consider innovative ways of providing healthcare to the community.

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level.   This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information (;ID=eyj5c0mo77631).



Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)

  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and accountability (PLO 1)
  • Research, critically evaluate and apply evidence in professional practice (PLO 2)
  • 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 development to improve competency (PLO 6)
  • 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)

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. assess an individual with complex health and medication needs and make recommendations consistent with the best possible therapeutic outcomes,
  2. appropriately communicate these recommendations to the individual and their health care team in accordance with legal and professional expectations
  3. describe the concept of “follow-up” in patient care and use objective and subjective information to make modifications to therapy when required
  4. further develop your personal learning plan
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the application of management principles to the provision of healthcare


Overview of Learning Activities

The course features a range of learning activities that actively engage you in content acquisition and skills development required to successfully manage a patient’s medications:

  • Lectures
  • Group and peer directed tutorial activities
  • Oral and written presentations
  • Student-staff interactive sessions 

Teacher guided hours: 96 hours (face-to-face) per semester

Learner directed hours: 144 hours per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be required to use a range of contemporary pharmacy references such as the Australian Medicines Handbook, the Therapeutic Guidelines, guidelines published by expert bodies (such as the National Heart Foundation) and other resources as appropriate.

Overview of Assessment

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

  • Formative assessment will be used in tutorials/lectorials/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

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 (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Clinical Skills Assessment, which may include Oral Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Intra-semester test

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: End of semester test

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5