PAC4482 - Preparation for practice - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Suzanne Caliph


Dr Suzanne Caliph (Parkville)
Juman Dujaili (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)










This unit builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the BPharm course. This unit is predominantly conducted through group project work to provide the necessary skills for Continued Profession Development, improve oral and written communication and literature search and evaluation skills. It includes an online moderated discussion group to manage complex patient issues and to familiarise students with the teaching and learning approaches utilised in the Monash Intern Training Program. Students will perform a number of tasks which will help with the development and assessment of communication and clinical problem solving skills, critical thinking skills and develop their skills in decision-making and case-presentation.

The unit comprises three activities:

  • Activity 1: Literature review assignment. This will include a literature review and presentation of assigned pharmacy research related topics completed in small groups.
  • Activity 2: Complex patient care. This will consist of 3 blocks ofone week moderated discussion groups
  • Activity 3: Integrated Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)


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

  1. Retrieve and evaluate information on a range of pharmacy research related topics and present information in a coherent manner in both written and oral forms;
  2. Communicate effectively to peers and work in a team to achieve a common goal;
  3. Identify and analyse therapeutic management problems in complex patients with multiple disease states and determine appropriate monitoring regimens and management options that demonstrate the principles of evidence-based practice and quality use of medicines;
  4. Formulate an appropriate management plan for a patient based on the use of drug and non-drug therapies;
  5. Recognise when referral for medical assessment is required with a particular emphasis on cardinal symptoms;
  6. Communicate effectively with patients, carers and health professionals to identify drug therapy or illnesses or disease state management problems and recommend appropriate management options and resolutions of those problems


Activity 1: Literature Review Assignment 20%

Activity 2: Complex patient discussion group 10%

Activity 3: Integrated Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE - Oral examination) 40% (Hurdle - minimum 75% is required to pass this assessment)

Final Written Examination 30%

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Four 1-hour workshops
  • One 2-hour workshop

Additional requirements:

  • Three weeks of moderated online discussion groups (approximately 3-4hours/week)
  • Forty hours group project work including a written report and an oral presentation
  • Six hours group presentations

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