The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course for pharmacy students requires them to integrate knowledge, concepts and skills derived from previous and concurrent undergraduate study and apply them to a range of simulated patient case scenarios and practical exercises that require critical thinking and problem solving skills.

This course will comprise of case studies, simulation workshops, clinical dispensing practice and clinical observation placement; each designed to provide the student with practical, hands on experience in an environment with exposure to realism of the clinical situation.

The course incorporates technological advances in teaching enabling the use of virtual practice environments and simulated patients.

The cases will also discuss issues surrounding the management of clients from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Specific conditions covered in this course include cardiovascular, renal, gastroenterology, dermatology and infectious disease.

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

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply their knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology and management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) of diseases to patient cases addressing the following: - Cardiovascular disease. - Renal disease. - Gastrointestinal conditions. - Dermatological conditions. - Infectious disease

2. Demonstrate appropriate and effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with both clients and health care professionals in dealing with a range of clinical scenarios, including cultural differences of clients.

3. Demonstrate the ability to effectively gather information from clients, health care professionals and other sources of data such as medication charts, medical records in managing a patient case.

4. Apply pathology and other laboratory data to patient assessment and management in a range of clinical scenarios.

5. Apply medical imaging and other diagnostic information to patient assessment in a range of clinical scenarios.

6. Identify and prioritise therapeutic problems and appropriately select patient specific management regimens, and requirements for monitoring and assessing responses to therapy.

7. Apply knowledge and skills of the core principles of pharmacy practice to simulated patient cases including ethics, forensics, confidentiality and quality use of medicines.

8. Identify principles of pharmacokinetics and discuss issues relating to the formulation and manufacture of therapeutic agents in relation to patient cases.

9. Develop an understanding of the different environment/s in which the pharmacist works and the various fields of specialisation for pharmacists in the delivery of pharmaceutical care.


1. The course will cover the pathophysiology, therapeutic management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) and practice issues in the management of patients with a range of disorders including:

-  Cardiovascular disease.

-  Renal disease.

-  Gastrointestinal conditions.

-  Dermatological conditions.

-  Infectious disease.

2. The course will use simulated and real environments to provide students with exposure to practice environments and clients in a range of scenarios to engage them in the management of the above disease states. The simulated and real scenarios will involve concepts of:

-  Physical assessment techniques using the appropriate equipment for the cardiovascular system, renal system, abdomen, and skin.

-  Utilisation of pathology data and medical imaging in patient management.

-  Problem solving skills in clinical practice including the identification, prioritisation, management and monitoring of therapeutic problems in a patient.

-  Dispensing skills in the extemporaneous preparation of pharmaceutical products.

3. The course will provide practical experience in medication management including:

-  Use of software to dispense medications.

-  Clinical application of knowledge in drug administration, pharmacokinetics, and drug compatibilities/ interactions.

-  Demonstration of communication skills and provision of drug information.

-  Ethical and legal issues applied to medication supply.

-  Global and cultural awareness in medication supply.

4. The course will also provide experience in developing clinical skills through clinical practice experience in simulation centres, hospitals and the community, as well as guided case studies.

5. The course will apply important concepts in chemistry to the clinical setting including structure activity relationships.

6. The importance of patient safety and quality use of medicine in the clinical setting.

7. Decision making in the clinical environment and the role of the pharmacist in the continuity of care of the patient.

8. Management of the deteriorating patient.

9. Public Health and social determinants of health.

10. Health Promotion and health education as a strategy to reduce illness and improve health outcomes.

11. All material covered in this course will be integrated with clinical placement opportunities.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) program. Pre-requisite - successful completion of PHAR1101, PHAR1201, PHAR2101, PHAR2102. Co-requisite - concurrently enrolled in PHAR2203.

Assumed knowledge

All 1000 level courses in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) [12328] program, and PHAR2101, PHAR2102, HUBS2206 and HUBS2601.

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Clinical Case Studies

Formal Examination: Professional Practice Assessment *

In Term Test: Mid semester written examination

Viva Voce: Mid Semester Professional Practice Assessment

Professional Task: Professional Practice Reflective Journal

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activities

Practical Demonstration: Dispensin/Practical Assessment *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Integrated Learning Session: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.
  • Practical: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Practical Demonstration: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

Includes 2 wks of dispensing exams


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks