PAC3362 - Context for practice II - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Dr Johnson George (Parkville)

Dr Bhuvan KC (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


In this unit students will acquire or further develop knowledge relating to the:

  • Ethical principles in relation to the practice of pharmacy.

In this unit students will develop an appreciation of:

  • The competency standards for the practice of pharmacy in Australia
  • The Australian healthcare system
  • Alternative therapies available in Australia
  • The practice of pharmacy in hospital and rural settings
  • Drug information services.

In this unit students will develop an understanding of;

  • Aged care services
  • The principles of multiple-medication management and the skills for performing multiple medication management reviews.

In this unit students will further develop abilities in:

  • Performing pharmaceutical calculations
  • Dispensing multiple prescriptions with 100% accuracy in different settings using commercial dispensing programs
  • Providing reliable drug information to health professionals and consumers and
  • Undertaking comprehensive medication reviews in different practice settings.

This will involve the study of:

  • ethics in Pharmacy Practice
  • competency and standards
  • the Australian healthcare system
  • aged care services
  • multiple medication management
  • hospital practice
  • drug information services
  • IV lines
  • rural practice
  • alternative therapies

As part of this unit students will submit assignments, participate in tutorials, attend practicals, and undertake some self-directed learning, all of which will enhance their learning experience.


At the completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the pharmacist in patient care, the ethical codes that guide the profession of pharmacy and apply those in a practice setting;
  2. Describe the Australian health care system, alternative therapies, competency and practice standards documents, and aged care services;
  3. Apply the principles of multiple medication management and problem solving skills to clinical situations in various practice settings;
  4. Describe the practice of pharmacy in hospital and rural settings;
  5. Describe the principles and procedures in the provision of drug information;
  6. Perform pharmaceutical calculations relevant to the practice of pharmacy;
  7. Prepare and dispense extemporaneous preparations and dispense proprietary products with 100% accuracy in different practice settings using commercial dispensing programs;
  8. Provide reliable and unbiased drug information to health professionals and consumers;
  9. Undertake comprehensive medication reviews in different practice settings;
  10. Communicate effectively with patients and other health professionals.


Final exam (2 hours): 50%; Open Book Practical Examination (2 hours): 30%; Medication Management Assignment: 10%; Calculations Quiz (1 hour) - 10%.

Hurdle: Pharmaceutical calculations (minimum 80% required to pass the unit)

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Twenty-five 1-hour lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial
  • Five 2-hour practicals

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


PAC2331 Pharmacists as communicators

PAC2342 Pharmacy in a public health context

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: