PGC5119 - Advanced practice portfolio - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Ms Kirstie Galbraith

Unit guides





This capstone unit will be one of the final units completed in the Masters program. It will build on learnings from all units undertaken in the Masters program, in particular the ability to reflect on practice, formulate questions identifying knowledge gaps, analyse available evidence. It will require the student to utilise the Australian Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework (APPF) to reflect on their level of performance and identify means to further advance their practice.


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

  1. Synthesise learning from all units undertaken in the Masters program in an advanced practice portfolio.
  2. Generate appropriate evidence of ability to use the Australian Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework (APPF) to successfully complete the full cycle of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  3. Demonstrate attributes of a life-long learner by identifying steps required to continue advancing practice.
  4. Report learning and reflect on performance in ways that are appropriate for the profession.


Written reflection on current level of performance (with identification of appropriate sources of evidence), and identification of professional development needs for each cluster in the APPF: 25% (hurdle)

Contribution to online discussions: 25%

Completion of a two week placement with a more advanced practitioner, or completion of the Medication Management Review (MMR) credentialing pathway available through the National Alliance for Pharmacy Education and the Society of Hospital Pharmacists Australia: pass/fail (hurdle)

Submission of an advanced practice portfolio, including evidence in support of self-identified level of performance in each competency: 50% (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in tutorials or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Clinical pharmacy practice


  • Master of Clinical Pharmacy students must have completed 60 credit points.
  • Master of Pharmacy Practice students must have completed 36 credit points.