Pharmacy Honours - Preparatory (9123.1)
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|Discipline Of Pharmacy||Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify a research project acceptable to the pharmacy profession;
2. Engage with a project supervisor; and
3. Prepare a background literature review on the topic.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
The University of Canberra provides a high-quality, innovative educational experience. Our courses are designed to equip our graduates to be leaders of their profession, to be outward-looking global citizens and to value lifelong learning.
Prerequisites9001 Evidence Based Medicine 2.
A student seeking admission to the Honours program must obtain course convener approval and must achieve a GPA of 5.5 and maintain at least a credit average in all Bachelor of Pharmacy units undertaken at the University of Canberra in accordance with the Pharmacy Honours Policy and Guide.
Corequisites9005 Systems Pharmacology 1,
9003 Clinical Therapeutics 1,
9004 Pharmacy Practice 1.
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Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Where possible, all assessment items will be submitted online via the teaching site in UCLearn. The first page of each assessment item should include the following information:
Student ID number:
Word Count (if applicable):
Students' names are not to be included on any assessment tasks/submission. Only Student ID numbers should be included (as per the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures).
Assessment items must be submitted to the assignment area in the UCLearn teaching site, relating to that piece of assessment. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item, to the right submission section.
Late submissions will only be accepted for a limited period. If more than one late submission is made within that period, only the first late submission will be accepted for marking and may be subject to penalties as detailed in the Assessment Procedures.
Students can apply for an extension to the submission due date for an assessment item due to extenuating, evidenced circumstances (specific details are found in the Assessment Procedures). An extension must be applied for before the due date. Documentary evidence (e.g. medical certificate) will be expected for an extension to be granted; however, this will not guarantee that the application will be successful. The Unit Convener or relevant Program Director/Course Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension.
An Assignment Extension form is available from the Student Forms page.
Late submission of assignments without an approved extension will result in a penalty of 5% reduced marks from the total available, per calendar day late. An assignment submitted over 7 days late will not be accepted.
Late submissions of assignments
Any assessment item submitted WITHOUT the specified information on the first page will be returned to the student and not marked until this requirement is met. Late penalties will be applied (see below).
The following conditions will apply to late submissions without an approved extension:
Mark adjustment: 5% of the maximum mark available for the assessment task will be deducted for each day late up until seven days late. For example, an essay awarded 60% (60/100) submitted 2 days late will receive a mark adjustment of 5% per day, therefore, the adjusted maximum mark for that item will be 50% (50/100).
Similarly, if the weighting is used then a piece of work worth 50% of the unit which received 30/50 would be reduced by 2.5 marks per day (i.e. 5% of 50) and would therefore receive a maximum adjusted mark of 25/50 if late by two days.
Submissions received more than 7 days after the prescribed date and time will not be accepted for marking, a mark of zero (0) will be awarded for the item.
For the purposes of these penalties, all days of the week count, including weekends and public holidays, even when the University may be closed.
The minimum possible mark for late submission is zero.
For clarification, one (1) minute past the specified due date and time is considered a late submission.
It is students' responsibility to be familiar with the electronic submission process (e.g., the use of Canvas and URKUND). Students are reminded to ensure they plan well enabling adequate time to submit assessments prior to the deadline, in order to avoid a mark adjustment.
Extensions to assignments, placements, deferred intra-semester tests and examinations
Students can apply for an extension to the due date for submission/completion of an assessment item on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances (specific details are found through the Assessment Policy and Procedures Section 9.12). Extensions must be applied for before the
due date as outlined above. For illness on the day of the assessment, the Assignment Extension form with relevant documentation must be lodged to the Unit Convener within three days of the scheduled exam, test, assignment, placement or assessment submission.
It should be noted that such documentation will be considered but will not guarantee that the extension application will be successful. The Unit Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length or availability of the extension.
Students are only permitted one extension per assignment and one deferral per examination/test/ placement (on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances as per UC policies) unless otherwise approved. Students must make themselves available for deferred exams and tests which will be scheduled by the unit convenor no later than the Friday of Week 11. For placements, please refer to the unit's Canvas site for further details and requirements. Students are NOT PERMITTED to defer a deferred intra semester exam, test or placement. Any student unable to undertake the deferred Intra semester exam, test, assignment or placement will receive a mark of zero or fail grade for the assessment task.
Students should note that this policy does not apply to deferred final exams which are centrally administered by the examinations office.
Special assessment requirements
- Assessment #3 (Literature review)
Contract cheating (academic outsourcing / ghost-writing) is a form of academic misconduct in which students submit written or creative work which has been drafted or produced by someone else and claim authorship for it. It includes (but is not limited to) using a third party, offering their services for commercial or other benefits, to complete (either partially or fully) an assignment or other assessment items on behalf of the student.
You are at risk of contract cheating if you ask someone to:
- complete an assignment for you
- substantially edit your assignment
- do your university work for you, with or without compensation
- check test or quiz answers
- sit a test or quiz for you
- provide someone with your UC login details
You may also be at risk of contract cheating if you provide information to people or organisations
outside UC, such as:
- assignment questions and briefs
- lecture notes
- marking rubrics and marking guides
Students should note that sharing their assignments (current or previously submitted assignments) may result in referral to the Associate Dean of Education for investigation.
UC considers contract cheating serious misconduct which may attract suspension or exclusion from the university. Furthermore, we, as your education provider, have mandatory reporting responsibilities under National Law. We are required to notify the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) if we believe that a registered health practitioner (including those with student registration) has behaved in a way that constitutes notifiable conduct including signature departure from accepted professional standards. Contract cheating may also result in UC submitting a mandatory notification to AHPRA.
You can learn more about contract cheating in the Academic Integrity Module - which is a compulsory module that provides information about a range of issues including plagiarism and contract cheating. UC provides a range of services to support student learning - further information regarding Study Skills, Studiosity and Medical & Counselling services are available in your unit's Canvas site.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
The general expectation is that Honours candidates will have normal work hours (9am to 5pm every week day). However, project demands may require considerable time outside these business hours and this will also include time commitment during winter and summer semesters. Students may negotiate this with the unit convenor and/or supervisors.
Required IT skills
Work placement, internships or practicums
There are no specific work integrated learning components to this unit. Many research projects will however incorporate opportunities to assist with industry activities which may also be important to the research project.
Depending on the student's level/nature of study, projects typically involve solving a technical or operational problem, or result in the student producing a report of their findings. This may involve any aspect of the industry partner's operations and can be paper-based (e.g., review of the regulatory landscape around a new product) or hands on (e.g., process optimization).
Students may undertake an ‘internship' which involves an optional winter internship (5-10 weeks) between June to August (e.g. at TGA, Canberra).
Students are supported throughout their placements by a University academic supervisor and insurance liabilities are covered by UC. As the students receive academic credit, placements are typically unpaid; however organisations can choose to provide a stipend if they feel it is appropriate.
Privacy and Confidentiality
As part of its partnership arrangements with Health Agencies, the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra is aware of the issue of confidentiality of information gained from clinical placements and internships. Students are expected to analyse their experiences from these as part of their academic study. In order to support learning while protecting confidentiality of information, the following guidelines have been developed:
- Pseudonyms should be used for the names of patients and organisations in all academic work.
- Identifying information, including demographic information, should be modified in academic work, using terminology such as ‘similar to'.
- Students should mark all academic work with sensitive information as ‘in-confidence' in the footer.
- Students should develop ‘composite' patients/clients based upon their experiences with several patients or clients in one clinical experience if possible. Students should note that this is a ‘composite' and not intended to identify a single person.
- Students should use the password-protect function on their word processing programs to further guard sensitive information.
- Students should avoid naming other students in academic work, such as reflective pieces or portfolios.
- Students should attend workshops for health science students on how to change information about patients in line with these recommendations.
For further information students may visit http://www.privacy.gov.au/act/#health
Pharmacy Style Guide for report formatting
Unless otherwise approved (in writing), all written assessment pieces (formative and summative) must conform to the following requirements:
- Headings in bold, maximum font size 16 pt.
- Font size: 11 pt or 12 pt – Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri. (consistant)
- Margins no less than 1.5cm on all sides.
- Page number at bottom right hand corner of footer.
- Student identification number (number only) at top right hand corner of header.
- References given in NLM/Vancouver style (chronological numeric) ONLY. Information on this referencing styles can be found on the library website at https://canberra.libguides.com/c.php?g=599301&p=4149536
- Assignment requirements (first page) as per Section 5b above.
- Any word limits specified in assignments (in this Unit Outline or in task descriptions on Canvas) will INCLUDE all tables, figures and appendices, but EXCLUDE references (unless otherwise stated).
- Submissions which exceed the specified word (or page) length will be truncated at the word (or page) limit and only assessed to this point.
Mandatory Notifications to the Pharmacy Board of Australia
Pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, pharmacy practitioners (registered pharmacists) and education providers have an obligation to report ‘notifiable conduct', to the Pharmacy Board of Australia in order to prevent the public being placed at risk of harm.
Education providers are also required, under s.143 of the National Law, to make mandatory notifications in relation to students, if the provider reasonably believes:
a) a student enrolled with the provider has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm; or
b) a student for whom the provider has arranged clinical training has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking the clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm.
Practitioners are required to make a mandatory notification in relation to a student if the practitioner reasonably believes that a student has an impairment that, in the course of the student undertaking clinical training, may place the public at substantial risk of harm.
All concerns raised within the Discipline of Pharmacy or by clinical preceptors will be reviewed by the Head of Discipline and the Course Convener before any reporting action is taken.
These professional obligations are taken seriously by staff and the University. Students should be aware of their obligations under student registration.
For further information, please refer to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency Pharmacy Guidelines for Mandatory Notifications available at: https://www.pharmacyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines/Guidelines-for-mandatory-notifications.aspx
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