Courses & Units

Pharmacy Practice CSA430

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. 


CSA430 Pharmacy Practice offers an advanced pharmacy practice teaching program incorporating placements. Placements are offered in teaching sites throughout Tasmania, and where possible, 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 along with elective placements. Elective placements 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. Students will also contribute to a group project. Projects will be designed by university staff to develop students’ skills with a variety of projects offered in the area of pharmacy practice.


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
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 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. 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 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.
  • Design a research project using appropriate research methodologies.
  • Conduct a team-based research or quality improvement activity.
  • Communicate information with a variety of stakeholders, including patients, peers and/or other health professionals.

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
060500 $4,474.00 $4,474.00 not applicable $10,384.00

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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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).

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