Pharmacy Practice 1


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. Rural, Remote and Indigenous health issues are discussed in the context of the provision of pharmaceutical care delivery. 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.


Callaghan Campus

  • Trimester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand and explain the role of pharmacy practice in health care delivery;

2. Perform pharmaceutical calculations correctly;

3. Describe the concepts of dosage form design and their preparation;

4. Develop competency in the extemporaneous pharmaceutical products and dispensing;

5. Describe the role of the pharmacists in rural and remote health care within the Australian context;

6. Understand and describe the principles of the National Medicines Policy;

7. Describe the distribution of pharmaceuticals within Australia


  1. The history of pharmacy
  2. The Australian healthcare system, including rural, remote and Indigenous Health care
  3. The National Medicines Policy and professional standards
  4. Drug distribution in Australia
  5. Drug manufacture including the concepts of quality control and standards
  6. Pharmaceutical products and the routes of administration
  7. Rights and responsibilities of pharmacists
  8. Pharmaceutical calculations and extemporaneous dispensing techniques


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.

Assumed Knowledge

Entry level requirements for Master of Pharmacy

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Written formal examination *

Written Assignment: Calculations assessment *

In Term Test: Extemporaneous dispensing examination *

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Presentation: Oral Presentation

Professional Task: Placement and Skills session

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Overall score of at least 80% in a combined mark for the calculations tests.
  • In Term Test: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - overall mark of at least 60% in a combination of the mid term extemporaneous dispensing examination and the final extemporaneous dispensing examination

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • National Police Certificate - Students must complete a National Police Check.
  • Working with Children and Young Adults Check - A national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct, required for any child-related work.

Contact Hours

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 25 hour(s) per Term

1 hour per week for 1 week and 3 hours per week for 8 weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

Week 1 will include a 3 hr program introduction session.


Face to Face On Campus 21 hour(s) per Term

1 hour per week for 3 weeks, 2 hours per week for 3 weeks and 12 hours per week for 1 week