PGP5021 - Foundation practice 1 - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Gina Arora


Dr Gina Arora

Unit guides




The student must be working under the supervision of a Monash Credentialed Pharmacy Clinical Educator at a Monash Credentialed Workplace.




Foundation Practice 1 is undertaken during a period of supervised practice in the pharmacy internship year. The internship year is designed to provide intern pharmacists the opportunity to develop their competence to practice as independent pharmacists. As part of this unit, the intern will work in a Monash Credentialed Workplace, be supervised by a Monash Credentialed Pharmacy Clinical Educator and work through Monash Credentialed Workplace Learning. A Workplace Learning Plan, developed by the intern's clinical educator with guidance and input from the unit coordinator, will be used to guide and assess workplace activities undertaken during supervised practice. Liaison visits by University staff to meet with the intern and clinical educator will provide opportunities to review progress towards meeting learning outcomes, and to facilitate the integration of theory and practice.


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

  • Demonstrate progress towards an ability to practice pharmacy in accordance with current National Competency Standards for Pharmacists in Australia.
  • Demonstrate progress towards an ability to meet personal learning needs through critical reflection of gaps in skills and knowledge.
  • Use evidence based methods to enhance knowledge of a disease, medication or research question.
  • Demonstrate development of professional skills associated with being a pharmacist.


Students enrolled in this unit must hold provisional registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia and undertake supervised practice in accordance with Board requirements. Students who fail to gain provisional registration, or who have their registration rescinded during the program, will be unable to continue in this unit. At least 380 hours of supervised practice must be completed in Semester 1.


Students will be assessed using the Monash Competency Grading Schema based on:

Completion of workplace activities agreed in the Workplace Learning Plan (examples include

medication counselling, history taking and presentations) (hurdle)

Completion of at least 380 hours of supervised practice (hurdle)

Seminar attendance and participation (hurdle)

A written reflection addressing individual learning needs (hurdle)

Submission of a resume (hurdle)

Completion of a research skills activity (hurdle)

Written submission of a project proposal on an approved topic (hurdle)

Workload requirements

This unit requires the student to be working full time under the supervision of an approved preceptor for at least 10 weeks of the 12 week semester.

See also Unit timetable information

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students are required to attend an on-campus seminar.