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 Second semester 2013 (Day)
Parkville Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Carl Kirkpatrick (Parkville); Mr David Chong and Dr Shaun Lee (Sunway)


This unit builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the BPharm course

This unit is predominantly conducted through group project work to provide the necessary skills for Continued Profession Development, improve oral and written communication and literature search and evaluation skills. It includes an online discussion group to manage complex patient issues and to familiarise students with the teaching methods utilised in the Monash Intern Training Program and an interactive virtual patient to facilitate Interprofessional Learning. Students will perform a number of tasks which will help with the development of critical thinking skills and develop their skills in decision-making and case-presentation.

The unit comprises three activities:

  • Activity 1: Literature review of assigned topics. This will include a literature review and presentation completed in small groups.
  • Activity 2: Complex patient care. This will consist of two 3 week moderated discussion group blocks.


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

  1. Retrieve and evaluate information on a range of topics;
  2. Present information relating to a topic in a coherent manner;
  3. Work in a team to achieve a common goal;
  4. Communicate effectively to peers, both in oral and written form;
  5. Describe issues related to the management of patients with multiple diseases/acute illnesses;
  6. Evaluate individual patients' disease state management for multiple diseases;
  7. Determine appropriate therapeutic goals for a patient with multiple disease states and/or acute illnesses;
  8. Determine an appropriate monitoring program to allow assessment of management goals;
  9. Identify and analyse therapeutic management problems in patients with multiple disease states and determine appropriate monitoring regimens and management options that demonstrate the principles of evidence-based practice and quality use of medicines;
  10. Formulate an appropriate management plan for a patient based on the use drug and non-drug therapies;
  11. Conduct a Medication Management review for patients with multiple medication management;
  12. Identify solutions to a range of therapeutic issues in patients with multiple management problems;
  13. Contribute to the multidisciplinary management of a patient;
  14. Describe the role of the pharmacist in the multidisciplinary team;
  15. Recognise when referral for medical assessment is required with a particular emphasis on cardinal symptoms;
  16. Evaluate a patient's laboratory test results to assist with the diagnosis or management of disease;
  17. Evaluate a patient's disease state and the use of appropriate medications;
  18. Identify any drug therapy problems and recommend appropriate resolutions of those problems;
  19. Formulate a medical management program for specific patients based on their medical, medication and psychosocial histories and laboratory test results.


Activity 1: Literature Review of allocated topic 30%
Activity 2: Complex patient discussion group 20%
End of semester (closed-book) Examination 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Carl Kirkpatrick (Parkville);

Contact hours

Contact hours for on-campus students:
Two 3-hour workshops

Additional requirements:
Six weeks of moderated discussion groups (approximately 2-3 hours/week)
Forty hours group project work
Ten hours Group presentations



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