Courses & Units

Pharmaceutical Science and Practice 1 CSA157



CSA157 Pharmaceutical Science and Practice 1 integrates two areas of study: Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacy Practice.
Pharmaceutical Science is the study of the formulation, manufacture, stability and efficacy of pharmaceutical dosage forms. Pharmacy Practice is the study of the role of the pharmacist in optimising the use of medicines and improving health outcomes. You will study the principles of:
Dosage form design and formulation
Extemporaneous compounding of dosage forms
Pharmaceutical calculations
Communication skills
This unit requires you to apply your knowledge of pharmaceutical science and pharmacy practice to a range of professional and practical situations including compounding pharmaceuticals, dispensing pharmaceuticals and communicating medicines information to patients. There is a significant amount of practical based learning in the dispensing laboratory


Unit name Pharmaceutical Science and Practice 1
Unit code CSA157
Credit points 25
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Mrs Natalie Cooper
Available as student elective? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the available options and demonstrate appropriateness of various drug delivery methods and technology
  • Apply pharmaceutical science knowledge (including pharmaceutical calculations) to identify and solve drug-related problems that may contribute to improved quality use of medicines
  • Prepare and supply medicines accurately and efficiently, including extemporaneous preparations , in accordance with legislative and accepted professional practice standards
  • Develop organisational and reflective practice skills that underpin good professional and ethical practice
  • Search and appropriately reference drug information sources
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills and techniques incorporating patient-centered care principles in order to optimism health outcomes
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060501 $2,005.00 $2,005.00 not applicable

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Teaching Pattern

4hrs of  lectures weekly, 3 hrs of workshops weekly, 3hrs of practicals weekly

AssessmentOnline calculation quizzes (5%)|10 short tests (15%)|Written theory examination (50%)|Practical examination (15%)|Dispensed products and practical reports (15%)
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