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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Johnson George


This unit builds on the knowledge and understanding of a range of topics which are relevant to the practice of pharmacy.

Students will be introduced to the concepts underlying pharmacy management, harm reduction, pharmacy legislation, management of poisoning and overdose, and the principles of medication safety.

Students will submit assignments, participate in tutorials, and undertake some self-directed learning, all of which will enhance their learning experience.

This will involve the study of:

  • Pharmacy Management
  • Pharmacy Legislation
  • Medication safety
  • Harm Reduction
  • Poisoning and overdose


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the principles of management in the context of pharmacy practice with a focus on personal management skills and human resources management
  2. Discuss the legal requirements for best pharmacy practice and apply these principles in various practice situations;
  3. Discuss the principles and procedures of medication safety initiatives in hospitals;
  4. Describe the principles of harm reduction, its importance in the social context and the role of pharmacists; and
  5. Discuss the principles and procedures underlying the management of poisoning and overdose.


Final exam (2 hour): 80%; mid-semester exam: 10%; assignment: 10%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Johnson George

Contact hours

31 x 1hour lectures, 3 x 1hour tutorials.


PAC 2331 Pharmacists as Communicators
PAC 2342 Pharmacy in a Public Health Context

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: