Course Title: Introduction to Pharmacy
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Introduction to Pharmacy
Credit Points: 12
160H Medical Sciences
|Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013
Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Little AM
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7942
Course Coordinator Email:email@example.com
Course Coordinator Location: 201.09.09
Course Coordinator Availability: Drop in sessions and otherwise by appointment.
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
This course is available only to students of the Bachelor of Pharmacy Program (BP271).
This is a transition course into the study Pharmacy at RMIT University that will provide you with an initial foundation in the generic skills and capabilities that are required to successfully complete a degree program. The major focus of the course is to develop and understanding of the varied and expanding professional roles of pharmacist and the contribution to the promotion of good health and disease prevention.
You will examine, in the context of the Australian healthcare system, the theory and practice of personal and interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication skills, teamwork and learning practice. The course will also cover the basics of numerical/statistical scientific methods and practice, and problem solving through information retrieval and application.
You will also be introduced to the e-portfolio which will be integrated into courses throughout the four years of the program. The e-portfolio is a personal collection of on-line documents in which you will describe your experiences and accomplishments during the program. The e-portfolio is designed to support reflection and personal and professional capability development and assessment in readiness for your career as a pharmacist. The e-portfolio will play a valuable role in your development during placements in community, hospital and other specialised activities.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
There are nine major aspects of capability to be developed in the Pharmacy Program. Development of he following capabilities are introduced in this Course:
C1: the ability to communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, oral, visual) and with diverse audiences and cultural groups (community/public, patients and health professionals).
C3: the ability to interpret and take action on patient and clinical data and deal with diverse social, cultural and professional groups in an ethically and socially responsible manner.
C4: the ability to apply decisions and actions through reflection on experience, both professionally and personally.
C5: the ability to work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to multi-disciplinary teams of health professionals.
C6: the ability to apply the concepts, principles and theories of pharmacy in clinical, laboratory and patient and public health settings.
At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to:
- Communicate information, arguments and analyses to colleagues and patients of diverse backgrouds
- Discuss the career spectrum of the modern pharmacy professional
- Demonstrate an understanding of the requirement for ethical behaviour in pharmacy students, interns and pharmacists
- Reflect on the role of the pharmacist in promoting good health and disease prevention in the context of the Australian healthcare system
- Collect and assess views and information on pharmacy practice from a variety of sources with your peers
- Examine basic theoretical and practical skills in the analysis of data for scenarios related to pharmacy [literacy & numeracy skills]
Overview of Learning Activities
In this course you will be actively engaged in the following learning activities:
- Group and peer directed tutorial activities
- Oral and written presentations (face-to-face and on-line)
- Guest lectures by pharmacists in varied roles
- Student-staff interactive drop-in sessions
Overview of Learning Resources
During this course you will have access to the following learning resources, through the myRMIT system:
- Digitised readings
- Lecture notes
- Detailed study program
- External internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.
- For major assignments, detailed feedback will be provided by email using iFeedback© enabling you to learn from your mistakes and improve your performance
Overview of Assessment
Assessment components include:
- Academic integrety exercise (hurdle requirement)
- Short written essays in a formal style
- Assignment presentation (group activity)
- Reflective entries in a formal style (ePortfolio)
- Formal number skills exit test following a formative quiz and workshop series
- In addition to the formal assessment components there will be ongoing opportunities for you to receive feedback designed to allow you to review and evaluate your progress and engagement with the learning activities and resources. These include peer review.