PAC3351 - Context for practice I - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Johnson George (Parkville)

Mr Tahir Mehmood Khan (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit builds on the knowledge and understanding of a range of topics which are relevant to the practice of pharmacy.

Students will be introduced to the concepts underlying pharmacy management, harm reduction, pharmacy legislation, management of poisoning and overdose, the principles of medication safety and accurate dispensing under time pressure.

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

This will involve the study of:

  • pharmacy management
  • pharmacy legislation
  • medication safety
  • harm reduction
  • poisoning and overdose
  • accurate dispensing


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

  1. Describe the principles of management in the context of pharmacy practice with a focus on personal management skills and human resources management;
  2. Discuss the legal requirements for best pharmacy practice and apply these principles in various practice situations;
  3. Discuss the principles and procedures of medication safety initiatives in hospitals;
  4. Describe the principles of harm reduction, its importance in the social context and the role of pharmacists;
  5. Discuss the principles and procedures underlying the management of poisoning and overdose; and
  6. Dispense multiple prescriptions, including extemporaneous products, with accuracy under time pressure.


Parkville Campus: Final exam (2 hour): 60%; management assignment: 10%; legislation quiz: 20%; harm minimization quiz: 10%.

Malaysia Campus: Final exam (2 hour): 60%; management assignment: 10%; legislation quiz: 10%; legislation assignment: 10%; harm minimization quiz: 10%.

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty nine 1-hour lectures
  • Two 1-hour tutorials
  • One 1.5-hour assessment
  • Two 2-hour practicals
  • One 3-hour tutorial/assessment

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


PAC2331 Pharmacists as communicators

PAC2342 Pharmacy in a public health context

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