Courses & Units

Pharmacy Practice CSA430




In order to commence workplace learning outside of the University of Tasmania (including clinical placements and visits) students are required to demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and the School of Medicine's policies relevant to workplace based learning. These include the Police Check Policy and Procedures, Infectious Disease Policy, Code of Conduct and Student Placement Agreement. Students who do not comply with these policies will not be placed or will be removed from placements and therefore will not be able to complete this unit. Students who have not complied or are unsure of the policies should seek guidance from the School.

Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

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.


CSA430 Pharmacy Practice offers an advanced pharmacy practice teaching program incorporating placements in teaching sites throughout Tasmania, mainland Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Placement blocks will provide students with the opportunity to experience pharmacy practice in a variety of settings.
All students will undertake hospital and community pharmacy placements, and can design their own elective placement. Elective options include research, extended community practice, aged care, general practice and a range of other health or industry-related placements.
University teaching blocks will focus on the development of knowledge and skills in medication management, vaccination, research and extending knowledge in developing areas of pharmacy practice.
Building on the research stream embedded within the course, all students will participate ina group-based research project. Research projects will be designed by university staff in collaboration with placement providers to facilitate investigation of a potential medication safety issue or identified gap in practice during the placement program.


Unit name Pharmacy Practice
Unit code CSA430
Credit points 50
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Discipline Pharmacy
Coordinator Mr Justin Cousins
Available as student 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 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply professional problem-solving skills to identify critical issues, conceptualise problems, use relevant information and formulate a range of solutions in relation to the provision of medicines or health advice.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication and collaboration skills combined with therapeutic decision making, and incorporating patient-centred care principles in the management of acute illness and chronic disease.
  • Develop basic organisational and reflective professional practice skills and explain how they underpin professional and ethical practice.
  • Describe the different activities and settings which a pharmacist may perform and the impact this may have on patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the role of pharmacists in health promotion, harm minimisation and preventative health activities.
  • Search, evaluate and appropriately reference drug information and pharmacy related literature.
  • Analyse research findings using appropriate statistical techniques.
  • Contribute effectively to a team-based quality assurance project.
  • Effectively communicate research findings to a variety of stakeholders, including patients, peers and other health professionals.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060500 $4,010.00 $4,010.00 not applicable $9,416.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

1 Please refer here more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses can be found here
3 Please refer here for eligibility for HECS-HELP
4 Please refer here for eligibility for FEE-HELP

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CSA406 - Therapeutics in Practice (4) AND CSA414 - Clinical Pharmacokinetics 4 AND CSA457 - Pharmacy Skills in Practice 4A


Teaching Pattern

Rostered university teaching block involving a range of learning experiences including online content, lectures and workshops (3 weeks), hospital placement (3 weeks), community pharmacy placement (3 weeks) and elective placement(s) (3 weeks).

AssessmentWritten exam (35%)|Hospital pharmacy portfolio (12.5%)|Community pharmacy portfolio (12.5%)|Medication action plan presentation|Preceptor assessments|Research presentation (10%)|Research manuscript (20%)|Medication review assignment (10%)
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