Courses & Units

Pharmacy Skills in Practice 3B CSA357

Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

Students will be allocated PEP within individual health care agencies. Students must be available 5 days a week (40 hours) during the allocated PEP, and must be prepared to undertake a range of shifts – morning, evening and nightshift, which may include weekends, as per roster provided by the healthcare agency. Students may be expected to relocate and are expected to travel to where PEP is available. To be eligible to undertake PEP, all students must be ‘Verified’ as meeting College of Health and Medicine PEP Safety in Practice Compliance as per the Course Entry Requirements. Students who cannot or do not comply with these requirements will not be allocated PEP and therefore will not be able to complete this unit.

PEP dates MAY differ from University of Tasmania calendar semester dates.


Pharmacy Skills in Practice 3B focuses on the issues and concepts associated with professional pharmacy activities and clinical pharmacy practice. You will build on your knowledge of introductory material covered in Pharmacy Skills in Practice 3A to focus on the prescription of non-prescription products by pharmacists for a range of conditions managed by community pharmacists. Another major focus will be professional ethics and legislation related to pharmacy practice.

The overall objective of the unit is for you to develop a sound practical knowledge and understanding of pharmacy practice. As well as lectures, tutorials and practical sessions, this unit also features three weeks of placements in the health care environment (community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy). Particular emphasis is placed on the integration of knowledge gained from all units within the pharmacy course and application of that knowledge to solve practice-related problems.


Unit name Pharmacy Skills in Practice 3B
Unit code CSA357
Credit points 25
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Doctor Felicity Veal
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse situations and utilise decision making skills when assessing professional, legal and ethical aspects of pharmacy practice.
  • Identify and resolve drug related problems in the context of pharmacy practice.
  • Dispense and supply medicines, accurately and efficiently in accordance with legislative and accepted professional practice standards.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills, incorporating patient-centred care principles, in the management of acute illness and chronic disease.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060501 $2,075.00 $2,075.00 not applicable $4,944.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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CSA355 AND All Year 2 BPharm Units




Teaching Pattern

1 x 1 hour online content, 1 x 2 hr workshop weekly and 1 x 2 hr practical weekly. Students will also participate in placements in a health care environment (community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy), 3 weeks in total

AssessmentPlacement Assessment (20%)|Practical Assessment (20%)|2 hour Practical Exam (30%)|Oral exam (30%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



There are no required readings for this unit.  


Australian Medicines Handbook, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary and Handbook, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

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