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PHAR2911: Pharmaceutics and Professional Practice

2024 unit information

This unit of study builds on PHAR1921 (Pharmaceutics and Pharmacy Practice). In the pharmaceutical dosage form component, basic scientific and laboratory concepts behind compounding and preparation of pharmaceutical dosage forms are applied to different dosage forms. In the practice-related component, students gain more in-depth knowledge and skills relating to nonprescription medicines (including complementary medicines), communication and cultural capability, legal aspects of supplying and dispensing medicines and the practice of pharmacy, as well as professional pharmacy services (including using common monitoring devices). On-campus learning is reinforced through hospital- and community-based Work Integrated Learning experiences.

Unit details and rules

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Code PHAR2911
Academic unit Pharmacy
Credit points 12
PHAR1911 and PHAR1921
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Describe the physicochemical properties of different dosage forms and the principles involved in formulating them.
  • LO2. Discuss manufacturing and quality control procedures including stability considerations for different pharmaceutical dosage forms and demonstrate effective laboratory skills for scientific evaluation of products and procedures.
  • LO3. Prepare extemporaneous products to appropriate standards of safety and quality.
  • LO4. Describe how different medicines are stored appropriately to ensure safety and efficacy, and disposed of safely in an environmentally-appropriate manner.
  • LO5. Identify, access and process appropriate sources of evidence-based information and effectively communicate the relevant information.
  • LO6. Identify and access current pharmacy and related legislations which govern the supply and dispensing of medicines and the practice of pharmacy.
  • LO7. Describe the professional pharmacy services that pharmacists deliver and demonstrate the skills to use common devices involved in delivering some of these services.
  • LO8. Recognise the presence and causes of health inequities and disparities, and describe their impact on different patient populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • LO9. Identify barriers for implementing patient-centred care and shared decision making in practice, and strategies to overcome these barriers.
  • LO10. Communicate effectively and appropriately in a culturally-capable manner with patients, families, carers and other health professionals.
  • LO11. Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development through independent learning and continuous reflection.
  • LO12. Discuss strategies to support personal and peer health and wellbeing, including physical, emotional and mental health.
  • LO13. Work effectively and cooperatively as a member of a learning and/or working team.
  • LO14. Apply a systematic reasoning process to identify and treat a range of health and medication related problems that present in pharmacy using over the counter products or referral.
  • LO15. Develop Scientific laboratory skills including work health and Safety and apply pharmaceutical chemistry and formulation knowledge.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
There are no availabilities for previous years.

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