Introduction to Pharmacy and Formulation Sciences 1

Course code PHAR1101Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

Introduces the student to the profession of pharmacy and the role of the pharmacist within health care delivery in Australia including the roles and responsibilities of a pharmacist. Social determinants of health; rural, remote and Indigenous health issues are discussed in the context of the provision of pharmaceutical care delivery. Globalisation and cultural concepts are also introduced. The course develops these concepts in the context of the National Medicines Policy, and introduces dosage form design and the calculations required in the practice of pharmacy.

The course considers the context of pharmacy practice and describes the legislative, ethical and professional standards and national policy programs framework in which the profession of pharmacy operates. The legislation relating to the practice of pharmacy, drug manufacture and distribution will be discussed. Communication skill is an important competency for pharmacists and this course will examine ways of effective communication with consumers and other health professionals. The course teaches extemporaneous dispensing, pharmaceutical calculations and counselling required in the practice of pharmacy. The fundamentals of drug information and veterinary pharmacy are introduced.

This course also introduces basic concepts in Pharmaceutics including discussion on dosage form design and routes of administration.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component that students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement and the Academic Integrity Module.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
ObjectivesAt the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand and explain the role of pharmacy practice in the importance of public health in primary health care in Australia and globally.
2. Perform pharmaceutical calculations correctly and develop competency in the preparation of extemporaneous pharmaceutical products and dispensing.
3. Describe the concepts of dosage form design and their preparation and develop an understanding of the common routes of administration.
4. Understand and describe the principles of the National Medicines Policy.
5. Describe the distribution of pharmaceuticals within Australia.
6. Understand the legislative (State and Australian Government) requirements for the production and distribution of pharmaceutical products of adequate safety, quality and efficacy.
7. Understand the core principles of good communication and display competency in counselling.
8. Develop a professional ethos for the provision of high standard pharmaceutical services.
9. Acquire the skills to develop quality assurance programs in pharmacy practice.
10. Understand the basic concepts around social determinants of health; rural and remote pharmacy and cultural awareness, including an introduction to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Content1. The history of pharmacy.
2. The Australian healthcare system, including cultural awareness and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander health care.
3. The National Medicines Policy and professional standards; Quality assurance in Pharmacy Practice.
4. Drug distribution and drug manufacture in Australia including the concepts of quality control and standards.
5. Pharmaceutical products and the common dosage forms and routes of administration.
6. Rights and responsibilities of pharmacists.
7. Pharmaceutical calculations and extemporaneous dispensing techniques.
8. The Codes of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and Good Clinical Practice.
9. The drug evaluation process and the Therapeutic Goods Act.
10. The Pharmacy Act and Regulations, the Poisons Act and Regulations and the National Health Act and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
11. Introduction to professionalism and professional standards.
12. Introduction to ethics in clinical practice and research.
13. The requirements for effective communication and influencing factors.
14. The concept of Public Health and the role of the pharmacist.
15. Pharmaceutical service delivery into Rural and Remote locations within Australia.
16. Introduction to veterinarian medicine.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeRecommended HSC courses as per the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program documentation. Applicants who have not studied these courses should consider taking relevant bridging courses before the commencement of the University year.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Lecture
Experience Based Learning
Practical
Assessment Items
EXPERIENCE BASED LEARNINGPreceptor competency assessment
Course Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Reflective Journals
Course Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Compulsory Course Component: This assessment component will test a student's competency in one or more of the course learning objectives since these form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist. The integrated nature of this assessment is critical to the understanding of pharmacy practice concepts. Students must satisfactorily complete the placement and skills sessions during this course. This will be determined by satisfactory completion of their placement workbook, placement journal and preceptor appraisals. Students who do not satisfactorily complete this component will be interviewed by the Course Coordinator and will be required to complete an additional period of Experience Based Learning.
Examination: ClassCourse Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Examination: FormalCourse Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
PracticalExtemporaneous Dispensing Examinations
Course Learning Objectives 2, 3, 8, 9

Compulsory Course Component: Students must demonstrate competency in both theoretical knowledge and practical dispensing skills which form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist so an overall mark of at least 60% in a combination of the extemporaneous dispensing examinations is required to be deemed competent in compounding and dispensing. On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy this compulsory course component will be offered a supplementary examination. Students who are required to complete a supplementary examination and satisfactorily pass the assessment and pass the course overall will be awarded a maximum mark of 50 for the course. Those who do not pass the supplementary examination will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark.
Quiz - ClassCourse Learning Objective 2

Compulsory Course Component: Students must demonstrate competency in pharmaceutical calculations by achieving an overall score of at least 80% in a combined mark for the calculation quizzes. Competency in pharmaceutical calculations is a core competency of a pharmacists. On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy this compulsory course component will be offered a supplementary examination. Students who are required to complete a supplementary examination and satisfactorily pass the assessment and pass the course overall will be awarded a maximum mark of 50 for the course. Those who do not pass the supplementary examination will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Practical: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Experience Based Learning: for 30 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentThis course is a Compulsory Program Component that students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program.
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program due to the placement and practical requirements of the course.
Compulsory Program ComponentOHS - Workcover approved First Aid Certificate, National Police Check, Working with Children and Young People Declaration, Current NSW Health Immunisation record and Patient Confidentiality Form.
Compulsory Course ComponentCompletion of the Academic Integrity Module and students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement.
Compulsory Course ComponentThe assessment components test a student's competency in one or more of the course learning objectives since these form part of the core competencies required of a pharmacist so students must:
1. satisfactorily complete the placement and skills sessions during this course and
2. achieve an overall mark of at least 60% in a combination of the extemporaneous dispensing examinations to be deemed competent in compounding and dispensing and
3. demonstrate competency in pharmaceutical calculations by achieving an overall score of at least 80% in a combined mark for the calculation quizzes.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHAR1101