PHR2012 - Professional Practice IV - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Assoc Professor Simon Bell
Dr Shaun Lee (Malaysia)


Assoc Professor Simon Bell
Dr Wang Leong Seng (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


PHR1011 Professional Practice I

PHR1021 How Medicines Work I

PHR1031 How the Body Works

PHR1012 Professional Practice II

PHR2011 Professional Practice III

PHR1022 How Medicines Work II

PHR2021 How Medicines Work III

PHR2041 Comprehensive Care: Respiratory and Gastrointestinal

PHR2141 Comprehensive Care: Dermatology and Pain


At the end of this unit, students are expected to be able to describe new and extended roles for pharmacists across a range of care settings. The unit introduces the key concepts of evidence-based practice, including those related to retrieving, appraising and applying research evidence as the basis for clinical decision making. The unit covers both a systems-based and patient-centred approaches to the development and delivery of clinical services. The unit builds on content taught in Professional Practice I, II and III so that students are able to formulate and communicate a disease management care plan. The Unit will cover safe and systematic procedures for the supply of medicines and provisional advice, including communication and other non-cognitive skills. The unit will include two 1-week placements.


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

  1. Describe clinical services provided by pharmacists in a range of care settings, including those outside of hospital and community pharmacies
  2. With respect to evidence-based practice:
    1. Retrieve, appraise and apply research evidence as the basis for clinical decision making
    2. Describe common study designs in medicine research
    3. Calculate common measures of association in medicine research
    4. Describe research evidence generated during clinical trials and post-marketing surveillance
    5. Explain the development and application of pharmaceutical reference books, clinical practice guidelines, and systematic reviews and meta-analyses as sources of evidence about the benefits and risk of medicine treatment
    6. Be able to communicate research evidence in oral and written language appropriate for different clinical contexts
  3. In the context of a pharmacist and a systems-based approach to healthcare;
    1. Explain medication safety from an organisation perspective
    2. Explain the key components of medication safety and policy documents
  4. In the context of a pharmacist and a standardised approach to patient centred care (e.g. Monash Model of CARE;
    1. Describe and apply the process of medication regimen simplification, deprescribing, and assessing capacity to self-manage medication regimens to individual patient care
    2. Create a medication management plan which incorporates established clinical guidelines and a comprehensive clinical review of their medicine related problems
    3. Identify, differentiate and resolve actual and potential medicine-related problems including adverse drug events, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, overdose, sub-therapeutic dose, therapeutic duplication and contraindications
    4. Describe and apply the process of Home Medicines Review and Residential Medication Management Review, including being able to recognise the clinical significance of different medicine-related problems and incorporate this understanding into medication management plans
    5. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and professionalism
    6. Applying clinical reasoning and collaborative decision making to document and communicate a medication management plan
    7. Integrate consideration of therapeutic goals, evidence of benefits and risks, and medical ethics into a medication management plan
  5. 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
  6. Develop and practice skills in a range of pharmacy settings by applying the knowledge and understanding learned from other units within the course
  7. Demonstrate safe and systematic procedures for the supply of medicines and professional advice
  8. Provide counselling on any of the first and second year Pharmulary medicines


Final examination 40%; in-semester assessment 60%

Workload requirements

  • One hundred and forty-four hours of independent study
  • Forty-eight hours of pre-learning activities (up to 4 hours per week)
  • Forty-eight hours of active learning lectures (4 hours a week)
  • Forty-eight hours of small group classes including assessment (4 hours per week)
  • Three 1 hour Personalised Learning Plan sessions
  • Two 1-week placements
  • One 2-hour written examination

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