Courses & Units

Pharmaceutical Science and Practice 2A CSA255


Pharmaceutical Science and Practice involves the study of the of physical and chemical (physicochemical) principles which are important in the design of dosage forms and other pharmaceutical systems. This background physicochemical knowledge is the fundamental basis of how drugs are effectively delivered to the body to exert a therapeutic effect. These principles are also applied to professional pharmacy practice, particularly with regard to extemporaneous compounding. Students develop their dispensing process by exploring more advanced extemporaneous compounding and dispensing issues. Some legal aspects of dispensing and related pharmacy practice issues are also covered. Students are introduced to professional problem-solving and decision making appropriate to the patient. There is a focus on patient-centred care as students develop their communication and patient counselling skills.


Unit name Pharmaceutical Science and Practice 2A
Unit code CSA255
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Miss Maggie Taylor
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Prepare and supply medicines, accurately and efficiently, including extemporaneous preparations, in accordance with legislative and accepted professional practice standards.
  • Identify and resolve drug related problems related to the provision of extemporaneous dispensed products using relevant pharmaceutical science knowledge (including calculations) and skills.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills, incorporating patient-centred care principles, in the management of acute illness and chronic disease.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various drug delivery methods and technology, and their clinical application.
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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(KRA114 OR KRA113) AND CSA103 AND CSA157


Teaching Pattern

This unit uses a blended learning model which includes a combination of online and face-to-face content. This comprises of approximately 3 hours per week of lecture content, 1 hour per week of workshop content and 3 hours per fortnight of practical content (with a ½ hour pre-lab tutorial).

AssessmentDosage form theory and calculation tests (10%)|Mid-semester practice practical exam (20%)|Laboratory/practical reports (30%)|Practical Exam (40%)
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