PHR1012 - Professional Practice II - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Vivienne Mak


Dr Vivienne Mak
Saw Pui San (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


This unit builds on students' understanding of the role of the pharmacist in providing healthcare services to different patient groups. Students will learn the fundamentals of dispensing prescriptions and medication counselling and further develop essential skills for pharmacy practice including communication skills. Students will also learn about and develop skills in professionalism, mindfulness and cultural sensitivity to support best pharmacy practice. Each student will build on their portfolio to further instil lifelong learning attributes and continue to develop their personalised learning plan to advance cognitive and non-cognitive skills. This unit will include a hospital visit.


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

In the context of a pharmacist and healthcare consumer:

  1. Describe and apply guiding principles of pharmacy practice
  2. Describe and apply a standardised patient-centred approach
  3. Identify and describe common healthcare issues in primary care
  4. Diagnose, manage and communicate about a simple healthcare issue
  5. Provide counselling on any of the first year Pharmulary drugs
  6. Identify and describe different illness behaviours including those impacting on medicine use
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of how mindfulness supports professional practice.
  8. Reflect on identified strengths and weaknesses in communication and other non-cognitive skills via a Personalised Learning Plan to enhance professional skills required to practice as a pharmacist
  9. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and professionalism in consumer care
  10. Demonstrate safe and systematic procedures for the supply of medicines and the provision of professional advice
  11. Observe the operations of a hospital pharmacy department and the role of the hospital pharmacist


Final Exam (2 hour): 40%; and 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)
  • Five 1-hour Personalised Learning Plan sessions
  • One 2-hour written examination
  • One 1-day hospital placement

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