Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 First semester 2015 (Day)
Parkville First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Kong (Parkville); Dr David Bin-Chia Wu (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:

  • Introduce students to a range of topics relevant to the practice of pharmacy (i.e. The Medicines, The Pharmacist, The Patient, and The Health Care System);
  • Introduce students to human behaviour and important aspects of communication;
  • Develop students' skills in communication and problem solving;
  • Develop students' dispensing skills and knowledge;
  • Develop students' generic skills in critical thinking, communication and problem solving.

Students will undertake self-directed learning, complete self-assessments, present their work and participate in tutorials, all of which will enhance their learning experience.


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

  1. Describe the roles of pharmacists, the medicines management pathway, aspects related to medication safety, the practice of pharmacy in community and hospital settings, the basic legal requirements related to pharmacy practice, ageing population and aged care, disability and disability support, 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 basic information about medicines or health care issues, and apply it to patient-centered care;
  4. Apply (at basic level) patient-centered care in the practice of pharmacy including the use of medicines, recording prescriptions, labeling the medicines and counseling patients;
  5. Describe elements of behavioural psychology that are relevant to the practice of pharmacy, and important elements of communication (e.g. the principles of interpersonal communication, barriers to good communication, listening and responding).


Final exam: 60%; Oral presentation: 10%; Mid-semester test: 15%; open book dispensing exam: 15%.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty six 1-hour lectures
  • Seven 2-hour dispensing tutorials

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