Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedSunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Parkville First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Kong (Parkville); Dr David Bin-Chia Wu (Sunway)


This unit aims to provide first year students with the basic foundations required to successfully complete later year units of the Bachelor of Pharmacy course.

The unit aims to:

  • Introduce students to a range of topics relevant to the practice of pharmacy (i.e. The Health Care System, The Pharmacist and The Patient)
  • Develop students' skills in communication and problem solving
  • Develop students' dispensing skills and knowledge
  • Introduce students to pharmaceutical calculations and the basic concepts of pharmacoepidemiology and biostatistics
  • Develop students' ability to apply pharmaceutical calculations and basic concepts of pharmacoepidemiology and biostatistics in the practice of pharmacy and health care
  • Develop students' generic skills in critical thinking, communication, problem--solving and working in teams
  • Introduce students to the normal developmental process and pertinent theories/concepts of human development.

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


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

  1. Describe the framework for patient-centered care including the roles of pharmacists, the medicines management pathway, aspects related to medication safety, the practice of pharmacy in rural settings, the basic legal requirements related to pharmacy practice and medicines use and the Australian health care system;
  2. Describe the use of some commonly prescribed medicines and selected topics associated with different dose forms, routes of administrations and dose adjustments;
  3. Retrieve, interpret and communicate (orally or in writing) basic information about medicines or health care issues, and apply it to patient-centered care;
  4. Perform pharmaceutical and basic biostatistical calculations that are relevant to the practice of pharmacy;
  5. Describe the basic concepts of pharmacoepidemiology and know when to apply these concepts;
  6. Apply (at basic level) patient-centered care in the practice of pharmacy including of medicines, recording prescriptions, labeling the medicines and counseling patients;
  7. Describe the normal developmental processes and pertinent themes/concepts of human development, and are able to related them to their own experience / patient's, where applicable.


Final exam (2 hour): 65%; Oral presentation: 10%; written assignment: 10%; open book dispensing exam: 15%.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Contact hours for on-campus students:
Thirty five 1-hour lectures
Seven 2-hour tutorials

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