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This unit integrates two areas of study: Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacy Practice. Pharmaceutical Science is the study of the formulation, manufacture, stability and effectiveness of pharmaceutical dosage forms. Pharmacy Practice is the study of the role of the pharmacist in optimising the use of medicines, communicating medicines and health information and improving patient outcomes. You will study the principles of:

  • Dosage form design and formulation
  • Extemporaneous compounding of dosage forms
  • Dispensing
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Communication skills

This unit requires you to apply your knowledge of pharmaceutical science 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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Pharmaceutical Science and Practice 1
Unit code CSA157
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy

Natalie Cooper

Teaching staff

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Teaching Pattern

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


Practical Component: Practical reports (15%), 3 hr practical examination (15%)

Theory Component: Online quizzes (5%), Mid semester tests (15%), 3 hr Written examination (50%)

Students must pass both the practical and theoretical component of the unit to pass the unit as a whole.

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