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Hobart, Launceston


Please be advised that this unit is not available to students in the Bachelor of Health and Community Care or Associate Degree in Health and Community Care.


This unit involves a range of on-line and campus-based learning activities that introduce students to key concepts of health and healthcare, the pharmacy profession, roles of a pharmacist, quality use of medicines, government funding, regulatory bodies, the pharmaceutical industry and approval and supply of drugs, with an emphasis on the Australian Health Care system. There will be a particular focus on communication, particularly in relation to counselling on common non-prescription medications for the management of minor illnesses. Students will have a one off-visit to a community pharmacy and a local hospital. There are also scheduled workshops on Mental Health First Aid and Tasmanian Aboriginal health status, history and culture.

Summary 2020

Unit name Pharmacy Skills in Practice 1
Unit code CSA103
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy

Karen Watkins

Teaching staff

Karen Watkins and other staff within the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Summer school On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Spring school (November) On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Spring school (November) On-Campus International Domestic


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Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020
Summer school 2/1/2020 13/1/2020 28/1/2020 23/2/2020
Spring school (November) 9/11/2020 30/11/2020 7/2/2021 7/2/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $2,381.00 2020: $4,708.00 060501

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Teaching Pattern

The unit consists of five modules:

Module 1: Australian Health Care System - Approximately 10 hours of learning.

Module 2: Pharmacists in the Australian Health Care System - Approximately 14 hours of learning.

Module 3: Patient's perspective of Health - Approximately 25 hours of learning.

Module 4: Communication - Approximately 7 hours of learning.

Module 5: Over-the-counter (OTC) medications - Approximately 16 hours of learning.

For Semester 1 delivery, there will be a combination of online and on campus activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops and pharmacy visits over 13 weeks.

For Semester 3 (Spring School) delivery, the first 7 weeks consist of online learning by means of online modules, webinar tutorials, recorded lectures, guided reading, quizzes and discussion forums. There will be a Christmas break followed by a final one-week intensive teaching period, in the first week of the calendar year. The intensive teaching period will be on campus and students will attend oral assessment tutorials and pharmacy visits.


Short online quizzes: 20%, written assignment 1: 10% (approx. 1500 words), written assignment 2: 30% (approx. 2500 words), essay: 15% (2000 words), completion of a 10-page pharmacy workbook: 5%, two 10-minute oral examinations 20%.

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