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Unit Overview


Professionalism in pharmacy goes beyond having the adequate knowledge and skills needed to be a competent pharmacist. Being a professional requires professional stewardship, continuous self-reflection, and a lifelong commitment to the patients and the communities one serves. This unit was created in recognition that students need more exposure to experiences that support them in their journey to become professionals who are able to skillfully enact positive change for the betterment of the wider community. In order to provide the highest quality, equitable healthcare to all patients, health professionals of the present and future eras will need to collaborate with other disciplines, as well as master all facets of one's discipline.

This unit therefore has two foci: (1) proactive immersion in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse/Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, industry, and interprofessional activities; and (2) utilisation of existing discipline knowledge and skills to create meaningful projects that meet the needs of a defined community (student, profession, patient, or public). Unlike more traditional units of study which are teacher-led, this unit is intended to be student-led, whereby students have significant freedom, flexibility, and self-direction in their learning, with academic guidance to support attainment of the unit's intended learning outcomes.

In this unit, students will have the opportunity to find, select, undertake, and reflect on activities from broad, pre-defined areas (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse/Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, industry, and interprofessional). Students will also identify, design, conduct, and evaluate a real-world project in partnership with self-selected community partners. Students will learn primarily through active participation, self-directed learning, and (self) reflection. Collectively, the intent of this unit is to support students in becoming pro-active, safe, and socially accountable leaders, citizens, and health professionals.

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Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) plan a project that addresses a chosen community's need (student, profession, patient, public), in collaboration with a self-selected community partner; (2) conduct the planned project in a professional and ethical manner; (3) evaluate the progress of the planned project; (4) self-appraise activities undertaken in this unit through written reflection; and (5) develop a professional digital portfolio to showcase the activities undertaken in this unit with clear alignment between the activities and relevant professional competency standards.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) project plan (Assessment Continuing); (2) reflective assessment/s (Assessment Continuing); (3) portfolio assessment (Assessment Continuing); and (4) professionalism assessment/s (Assessment Continuing). 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 professionalism assessment/s (Assessment Continuing) component.

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

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Helen Wood
Unit rules
Enrolment 51500 Master of Pharmacy (coursework) (extended)
Contact hours
In-class discussions/tutorials: average of 1 hour per week for ~12 weeks
  • 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.