Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedMalaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Parkville Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Kong (Parkville); Dr David Wu Bin Chia (Malaysia)


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:

  1. Enhance students' knowledge and understanding of a range of topics relevant to the practice of pharmacy (ie. The Medicines, The Pharmacist, The Patient and The Health Care System);
  2. Develop students' skills in communication and problem solving;
  3. Develop students' dispensing skills and knowledge;
  4. Develop students' ability to apply statistics and pharmaceutical calculations in the practice of pharmacy and health care;
  5. Introduce students to primary care and chronic diseases in populations;
  6. Develop students' generic skills in critical thinking, communication and problem-solving;
  7. Provide students with the basic foundations related to mental health and wellbeing.

Students will also undertake self-directed learning and participate in tutorials all of which will enhance their learning experience.


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

  1. Describe the use of some commonly prescribed medicines, important aspects of primary care and population health;
  2. Retrieve, interpret and communicate basic information about medicines or health care issues, and apply it to pharmacy practice;
  3. Dispense simple dose forms of medicines;
  4. Perform basic pharmaceutical calculations;
  5. Describe the different pharmacy organisations (including their roles and objectives), ethical practice (at basic level), professionalism, and what is continuing professional development;
  6. Describe the Australian health care system including the National Medicines Policy and, differences in healthcare needs and services between metropolitan and rural settings;
  7. Discuss the different perspectives on mental health and mental wellbeing;
  8. Describe basic principles related to statistics and its application in healthcare;
  9. Examine the similarities and differences between personal and professional behaviour.


Online pharmaceutical calculation test (minimum requirement for this component is 80%); 10%; Mid-semester test: 10%; oral presentation 10%;open book dispensing examination: 10%; end of semester written exam: 60%.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Thirty 1-hour lectures
  • Six 2-hour workshops

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