Courses & Units

Pharmaceutical Science and Practice 2A CSA255




Pharmaceutical Science and Practice 2 consists of two streams: (1) physicochemical principles and (2) professional practice.

The first of these involves the study of physical and chemical principles which are important in the design of dosage forms and other pharmaceutical systems and the application of these principles to practice, particularly in the development of an understanding of the relationship between pharmaceutical formulation and therapeutic activity. This background physicochemical knowledge is the fundamental basis of how drugs are effectively delivered to the body to exert an effect and are particularly relevant to aspects of clinical pharmacy practice. This pharmaceutical science unit focuses on the technologies and methods employed in the design of dosage forms for different routes of delivery.

In the professional practice stream, students further develop their dispensing process as pharmacists. More advanced extemporaneous dispensing issues are highlighted. Students are introduced to professional problem-solving and decision making appropriate to the patient. There is a focus on patient-centered care with patient counselling concepts and communication skills also being introduced.


Unit name Pharmaceutical Science and Practice 2A
Unit code CSA255
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Pharmacy

Teaching staff

Dr G Jacobson (Coordinator), Ms A Short, Ms S Holmes

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 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 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 019999

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

2-3 hours of lectures per week, 1-2 hours of workshops per week, approx 1x1hr tutorial per fortnight, approx 1x3hr practical per fortnight


Physicochemical stream (50%) consisting of 1 x 2-hr exam (40%), online quiz Module assessments (MCQ) (10%), and physical pharmacy practicals (pass/fail)

Professional Practice stream (50%) consisting of short in-class tests (10%), 1 x 3-hr professional practice practical exam (30%), and professional practice practical reports (10%). Students must pass both the physicochemical stream and the professional practice stream to pass the unit as a whole.

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Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook (current edition)


Booktopia textbook links

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