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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.

Summary 2021

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

Natalie Cooper

Teaching staff

Natalie Cooper (Coordinator), Ms A Short, Ms S Holmes

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



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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).


Practical reports x3 (30%),
Mid semester practice practical exam (20%),
Practical exam (50%)
The practical exam is a hurdle assessment.

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Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook (current edition)


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