Faculty of Health

Practical Examination Policy

Several units within the BPharm course have practical examinations, and in some units, a pass in the practical component is required to pass the unit. Students should read the unit outlines carefully and be aware of the requirements for each unit.

If you are on medication or have an illness, injury or circumstance which may impair your performance at the time of a practical examination, it is a requirement that you inform the lecturer supervising the exam. This will be kept confidential but may be of use to the responsible lecturer if you fall ill in the School laboratory. See Rules and Safety Guidelines for the Dispensing Laboratory.

Pharmacy Practical Examination Policy:

  1. Several units offered by the Division of Pharmacy have a practical component which is assessed by examination. For some units, a pass in the practical component of the unit is required to pass the unit as a whole.
  2. Information on assessment requirements and weightings will be clearly described for each unit in the University Handbook and will be available to students at least six weeks prior to the commencement of the unit. Unit co-ordinators will re-iterate these assessment requirements and provide information on assessment methods in the unit outline, which should normally be provided to students in the first week of semester.
  3. In some units, the final result is a composite mark combining the results of both theory and practical assessments. For those units where there is a requirement to pass both the theoretical and practical elements of the unit to pass the unit as a whole, students who have failed one of these elements but who have a calculated composite mark greater than or equal to 50%, will fail the unit and will not have a mark recorded.
  4. If a student fails to pass either the practical or theoretical elements of a unit, they may be granted a supplementary practical examination at the discretion of the Committee of Assessors, provided they are eligible under the normal guidelines for awarding supplementary examinations.
  5. Students enrolling in a unit for a second time due to failure will normally be required to repeat both practical and theoretical elements of that unit.
  6. Practical examinations, including supplementary and deferred ordinary examinations, will normally be held in the university examination period and timetabled accordingly. Unit coordinators who wish to hold a practical examination outside of the normal examination period should obtain approval from the Head of Pharmacy, and should specify the scheduling of assessment in the unit outline. Any change to the timing of an assessment, as specified in the unit outline, must be approved by every student affected by the change.
  7. Practical examinations, including Supplementary and Deferred Ordinary practical examinations, can only be taken in Hobart.
  8. Extra writing time organised by the Examinations Office does NOT apply to practical examinations. The Division of Pharmacy Assessor 's Committee follows the University's ruling in regard to practical examinations and unless a formal LAP is secured and presented to UTAS Pharmacy and the unit coordinator at least one week before a practical examination is due, no alternative arrangements will be made for any practical examinations.