Courses & Units

Pharmacy Skills in Practice 1 CSA103

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.


Unit name Pharmacy Skills in Practice 1
Unit code CSA103
Credit points 25
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Mrs Karen Watkins
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Spring school (November) 15/11/2021 3/12/2021 30/12/2021 13/2/2022

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use basic knowledge of pathophysiology, epidemiology, and pharmacotherapeutics to formulate appropriate courses of action for managing minor illnesses commonly encountered in community pharmacies.
  • Communicate to consumers and healthcare professionals the following: health, health system and medicines information, and self-care management advice related to minor illnesses.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness, especially for aboriginal and torres strait islander (atsi) populations, and explain how atsi status may correlate with particular health outcomes.
  • Search, evaluate, and appropriately reference basic drug information and pharmacy-related literature.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060501 $1,987.00 $1,987.00 not applicable $4,708.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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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.

AssessmentOnline Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) quizzes (20%)|Two oral assessments (20%)|Workbook (5%)|Written assignment 2 (30%)|Written assignment 1 (10%)|Essay on Self-Medication in Australia (15%)
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