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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedSunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Parkville Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Johnson George (Parkville); Dr Lee Wang Wang (Sunway)


In this unit students will acquire or further develop knowledge relating to the:

  1. Ethical principles in relation to the practice of pharmacy; and
  2. Principles of pharmacy management

In this unit students will develop an appreciation of:
  1. The competency standards for the practice of pharmacy in Australia
  2. The Australian healthcare system;
  3. Alternative therapies available in Australia
  4. The practice of pharmacy in hospital and rural settings;
  5. Drug information services; and
  6. Pharmacovigilance

In this unit students will develop an understanding of;
  1. Aged care services;
  2. The principles of multiple-medication management and the skills for performing multiple medication management reviews

In this unit students will further develop abilities in:
  1. Performing pharmaceutical calculations

As part of this unit students will submit assignments, participate in tutorials, attend practicals, and undertake some self-directed learning, all of which will enhance their learning experience.

This will involve the study of:
  • Ethics in Pharmacy Practice
  • Competency and Standards
  • Australian Healthcare System
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Aged Care Services
  • Multiple Medication Management
  • Hospital Practice
  • Drug Information services
  • IV lines
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Rural Practice
  • Alternative therapies


At the completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the pharmacist in patient care, the ethical codes that guide the profession of pharmacy and apply those in a practice setting;
  2. Describe the Australian health care system, alternative therapies, competency and practice standards documents, aged care services, and principles of pharmacy management;
  3. Apply the principles of multiple medication management and problem solving skills to clinical situations in various practice settings;
  4. Describe the practice of pharmacy in hospital and rural settings;
  5. Discuss the principles of pharmacovigilance and the role of pharmacists;
  6. Describe the principles and procedures in the provision of drug information;
  7. Perform pharmaceutical calculations relevant to the practice of pharmacy;
  8. Prepare and disepnse extemporaneous preparations and dispense propreitary products; and
  9. Communicate effectively with patients and other health professionals.


Final exam (2 hour): 50%; open-book prac exam: 40%; Medication Management Assignment: 10%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Johnson George

Contact hours

31 x 1hour lectures, 1 x 2hour tutorial, 1 x 3hour practical.


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

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