Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Phillip Bergen (Parkville); Lee Learn Han(Malaysia)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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 pharmaceutical calculations in the practice of pharmacy and health care;
  5. Introduce students to primary health 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 healthy living including 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 health 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 continuing professional development;
  6. Describe the Australian health care system including the National Medicines Policy, indigenous health, the differences in healthcare needs and services between metropolitan and rural settings;
  7. Discuss the different perspectives on mental health and mental well-being
  8. 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%: objective structured clinical examination (this is a hurdle requirement) 15%;open book dispensing examination: 10%; end of semester written exam: 55%.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty two 1-hour lectures
  • Six 1-hour mindfulness workshops
  • Six 2-hour dispensing tutorials

See also Unit timetable information

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