Courses & Units

Pharmacy Skills in Practice 2 CSA204


Pharmacy Skills and Practice 2 integrates aspects of drug delivery and formulation with Pharmacy Practice, which relates to the role of the pharmacist in optimising the use of medicines and improving health outcomes. Students will develop their dispensing process as pharmacists with advanced extemporaneous dispensing issues and calculations. Students are introduced to professional problem solving and decision making appropriate to the patient. There is a focus on patient-centred care with patient counselling concepts and application of communication skills in clinical scenarios. This patient centred care is extended to the study of over-the-counter (OTC) medications and chronic disease state management. Some legal and ethical aspects of dispensing and related pharmacy practice are covered. Principles of drug therapy such as adverse reactions, drug interactions, medication adherence, patient counselling and professional and legislative issues are discussed.


Unit name Pharmacy Skills in Practice 2
Unit code CSA204
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Mackenzie Williams
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and pharmacotherapeutic management (including self-care activities) of major and minor diseases and illnesses.
  • Apply foundation pharmacy knowledge (pharmaceutical science and pharmacotherapeutics) to basic clinical scenarios to identify drug-related problems and provide options for resolution.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills that incorporate patient-centred care principles combined with therapeutic decision making in the management of acute illness and chronic disease.
  • Describe the role of pharmacists in health promotion, harm minimisation and preventative health activities.
  • Identify critical issues, conceptualise problems, use relevant information and formulate a range of solutions in relation to the provision of extemporaneously dispensed products.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060500 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Concurrent Prerequisites



Teaching Pattern

A  combination of face-to-face tutorials, practicals and workshops with online content delivered via MyLO.

AssessmentPharmacy practice practical reports|Online quiz (5%)|Short counselling session X 3 (10%)|Mid-semester written test (15%)|2-hour practical exam (30%)|Oral examination (40%)
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