PHR1011 - Professional Practice I - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Assoc Professor Simon Bell

Dr Shaun Lee Wen Huey (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces students to the role of the pharmacist and health care services relating to consumers and their medicines. It introduces important aspects of human behaviour and cultural considerations, with a focus on enhancing professional communication with health care consumers and healthcare professionals. Students will learn the fundamentals of pharmacy pracice. Each student will build a portfolio to instil lifelong learning attributes and develop a personalised learning plan to advance their cognitive and non-cognitive skills.


At the end of this unit, students can be expected to:

  1. In the context of a practicing pharmacist:
    1. Describe relevant aspects of the Australian health care system
    2. Define and describe their role in the Australian health care system and in healthcare teams (primary, secondary and tertiary)
    3. Articulate the role of guiding principles (e.g. regulatory frameworks, standards of practice, environmental health and safety, competencies and advanced practice) and standard references in Australian pharmacy practice
    4. Identify and describe unsafe or less than optimal practices in pharmacy, with respect to health outcomes and legal and ethical considerations
    5. Understand key principles to support a constructive team climate, and work in teams to solve problems
    6. Retrieve and interpret basic information about medicines or healthcare issues
    7. Describe relevant aspects of behavioural psychology
  2. In the context of a health care consumer and the wider community:
    1. Outline and demonstrate the key principles of good communication, and recognises the importance of this in pharmacy practice
    2. Communicate basic information about medicines or healthcare issues
    3. Effectively communicate a health care issue and some basic medicines information to a peer
    4. Evaluate peers on their communication skills and give feedback
    5. Comprehend basic ethical principles related to pharmacy
    6. Describe concepts of cultural competence and their importance for health service providers
    7. Identify and articulate your cultural values in the context of health and illness behaviours
    8. Describe elements of behavioural psychology that impact effective communication
    9. Observe, evaluate and reflect on a pharmacist delivering patient-centered care
  3. Reflect on your identified strengths and weaknesses in communication and other non-cognitive skills
    1. Describe and demonstrate the process of reflection
    2. Develop, with assistance, a Personalised Learning Plan to enhance your professional skills required to practice as a pharmacist


Final Exam (2 hour): 40%; In-semester assessments: 60%

Workload requirements

  • Seventy-two hours of independent study
  • Twenty-four hours of pre-learning activities (up to 2 hours per week)
  • Twenty-four hours of active learning lectures (2 hours a week)
  • Twenty-four hours of small group classes including assessment (2 hours per week)
  • Six 1-hour Personalised Learning Plan sessions
  • One 2-hour written examination

See also Unit timetable information

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