Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


Workplace activities focus on development and completion of Professional Development Training Plans to guide learning. Interns return to campus at regular intervals for tutorial sessions and two 1-day workshops. Teaching and small group discussion sessions focus on a range of issues relevant to the practising pharmacist to fortify the application of knowledge to the workplace, such as the quality use of medicines, primary care etc, with an emphasis on solving problems encountered in the pharmacy. Online learning exercises in forensics, calculations and compounding complement the workplace training and strengthen competency in most areas of pharmacy practice.

6 points

Students are able to (1) obtain skills in accessing relevant information resources; (2) understand the pharmacist's role in the provision of S2 and S3 medications; (3) understand the legal and ethical obligations for practising pharmacy; (4) provide point-of-care testing in a pharmacy; (5) demonstrate the use of therapeutic devices; (6) understand the need for the quality use of medicines; (7) provide primary care; (8) understand the need to develop communication strategies to deal with varied situations; (9) solve a range of pharmaceutical calculations; and (10) develop an appreciation of the value of self reflection and lifelong learning.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) professional development plan (10 per cent); (2) professional practice case studies and communication (25 per cent); (3) pharmaceutical compounding and pharmacotherapy (55 per cent); and (4) a preceptor assessment (10 per cent). All components of the assessment must be passed to pass the unit. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Liza Seubert
Unit rules
Bachelor of Pharmacy.
or graduate entry Master of Pharmacy from a university that has provisional
or full APC accreditation in Australia and New Zealand.
completion of the Australian Pharmacy Council skills assessment for overseas applicants
Contact hours
practice: full-time (in community or hospital pharmacy)
on campus: 18 hours
on campus
assessment requirements: approximately 1.5 hours per working day
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  • 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.