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Unit Overview


Pharmacy Placement I is the first of the two experiential learning placements in the course. Experiential placements expose students to the practice environment and provide a platform for students to develop their professional, communication and clinical skills. Most students are located in the community pharmacy practice environment. The first week is located on campus followed by five weeks full-time on placement. The placement workbook guides students through activities to enhance the experiential learning experience via in-class discussions, practice activities and self-directed activities.

12 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth), community pharmacyFace to face

Students are able to (1) appreciate the role of the pharmacist in the practice environment; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the practice of pharmacy through observation and/or participation in the practice environment; (3) demonstrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired from the course to date in a practical context; (4) outline the relevant information required for delivering quality patient health outcomes, in particular in relation to drug and complementary medicine information and primary health care; (5) communicate in a professional and ethical manner to promote quality use of medicines and health outcomes; (6) appreciate how population diversity can influence patient health outcomes; and (7) use the National Competency Standards and reflection as tools for identifying and developing skills required for professional pharmacy practice.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) completion of a portfolio; (2) reflection report; and (3) placement appraisal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the completion of a portfolio and placement appraisal components.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Deena Ashoorian and Amanda Mannolini
Unit rules
Enrolment in
51500 Master of Pharmacy (ID 123)
and Successful completion of
PHCY5601 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice (ID 3710)
and Successful completion of
PHCY5606 Foundations of Primary Care (ID 3714)
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Travel and accommodation for rural placements (estimated cost - At cost).
Contact hours
practice training: placement full-time (5 weeks)
discussion sessions/workshops: on campus (1 week)

Required texts
1. Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook, current edn: PSA
2. Australian Medicines Handbook, current edn: PSA

Recommended texts
Chen, T et al. Case Studies in Practice—Medication Review: a Process Guide for Pharmacists, current edn: PSA

Chen, T et al. Case Studies in Practice: Pharmacist only and pharmacy medicines: a process guide for pharmacists, current edn: PSA

Hughes, J. Case Studies in Practice: Use of Laboratory Test Data, current edn: PSA

Gowan, J. and Roller, L. Practical disease state management for pharmacists, current edn: APPCo

Walker, R and Edwards, C. Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, current edn: Churchill Livingstone

National Competency Standards Framework for Pharmacists: PSA 2010

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.