Pharmacy Practice 2 PG (9406.2)
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| Bruce, Canberra
|Faculty Of Health
|Discipline Of Pharmacy
|Post Graduate Level
| 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. Distinguish and apply appropriate professional communication skills in diverse contexts;
2. Integrate pharmacology and therapeutics knowledge to predict, prevent, detect medication-related problems;
3. Implement safe patient-focused care to enhance health outcomes;
4. Make clinical decisions using critical appraisal of relevant evidence, and clinical, ethical & cultural considerations; and
5. Critically appraise patient treatment outcomes in the context of relevant research-based guidelines.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
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 - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
Prerequisites9400 Clinical Therapeutics 1 G AND 9405 Pharmacy Practice 1 G AND 9410 Systems Pharmacology 1 PG
Corequisites9411 Systems Pharmacology 2 PG AND 9401 Clinical Therapeutics 2 PG
|Teaching start date
|29 July 2024
|Ms Lyn Todd
- Rossi S, editor. Australian Medicines Handbook (current edition). Adelaide: Australian Medicines Handbook Pty Ltd. (Computer access online via UC library)
- Australian Pharmaceutical Formulary (current edition), Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. UC Library ref. RS141.8.A97 2012
- Therapeutic Guidelines (current edition) or eTG. (pub: Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd, Victoria, Australia). (Computer access online via UC library)
- Rutter P & Newby D. Community Pharmacy: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment. 4th Ed, 2012. UC library ref. RA427.9.R89 2017. Ebook available via UC Libra
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
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).
Late submission of assignments
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 five 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:
Extensions must be applied for before the due date.
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). 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 application will be successful. The Unit Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length 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 convener 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
To pass this unit, you MUST meet ALL of the following requirements:
- Students must achieve a minimum mark of 50% in the final oral exam to pass this unit.
- Students must attain an overall unit mark of 50% or higher.
Should you fail to meet these requirements, you will fail this unit.
Additional assessments: Students who obtain an aggregate mark greater than 50.0% for the unit, but fail the final oral exam (with a grade of 45-49.9%) will be offered an additional assessment.
- The format and content of the additional assessment will be comparable to the failed assessment.
- The additional assessment will be held in the deferred final examination period (for students completing their final exam in week 14-15) and students should expect to have their grade withheld (WH) until the additional assessment has been marked and processed.
- If a student successfully passes the additional assessment, the mark for the final oral exam will be upgraded to 50% and overall unit grade calculated accordingly.
- If a student does not attend the additional assessment or failed the additional assessment, the fail grade will be award for the unit.
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.
Supplementary Academic Integrity Information
Pharmacy students are expected to complete the AIM Quiz in the first two (2) weeks of their course.
No submitted assessment pieces will be marked in this unit until the Aim Module has been completed (proof of successful AIM completion may be requested by the Unit Convener).
This Unit contains participatory elements which are vital to the Australian Pharmacy Council professional learning outcomes for this Unit. Except in the case of extenuating circumstances, 100% attendance is recommended for all lectures, and 100% participation is required in all placements, externships, tutorials, practicals and presentations. It is expected that students unable to fulfill these participation requirements will inform the Unit Convener as soon as practical, by telephone or email. If attendance requirements cannot be regularly satisfied (e.g. timetable clash) it may be recommended that you schedule this unit for a future semester. Absence from external placement activities must also be reported to the relevant clinical placement coordinator and preceptor. Failure to adhere to these requirements may result in failure of the associated assessment piece. Consideration will be given for illness; however evidence such as a medical certificate will be required.
Contact details for the Unit Convenor and the Faculty of Health Placement Administration Office are given earlier part of this document.
Required IT skills
Students should be conversant with searching for and accessing information via electronic means; the use of Canvas; and word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.
The following costs are expected for this unit:
- Self-printing of electronically provided material
- Purchase of text books and learning material
- Transport to WIL activities
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves simulated clinical placements and therefore, additional student responsibilities are required in addition to those described in this section. Work-place learning requires strict adherence to professional practice principles and ethics. Client/patient confidentiality must always be maintained (see UC Faculty of Health Placement Handbook), including for assessment items such as reports or essays. The professional nature of this unit also requires 100% participation at all learning activities (lectures, practicals etc. if scheduled – see section 3) for the successful completion of this unit (also see section 6c). If attendance requirements cannot be satisfied (e.g. timetable clash), it is recommended that you meet with your Course Convener to schedule this unit for a future semester.
To complete this unit, pharmacy students must successfully complete the Work Integrated Learning activities . Please note paid employment does not contribute to additional WIL.
UC pre-placement requirements – e.g. vaccines, manual handling, police checks etc.
As part of this unit, students are required to undertake accurate simulated professional placement. Students must complete their pre-placement requirements before being able to undertake the activities. Pre-placement requirements are to be uploaded to InPlace. Pre-placement requirements are located at: www.canberra.edu.au/placement
Student who have not met preplacement requirements by the specified due date will not be allocated a placement. This will result in a fail grade for the unit.
Industry mandatory pre-placement requirements (e.g. ACT Health & NSW e-learning modules etc.)
Some practice placement industry partners require students to complete further mandatory pre-placement requirements such as learning packages, prior to the commencing placement. Students will received specific instructions on what Industry mandatory pre-placement requirements are required to be completed and how to upload certificates of completion. A due date will be set by the industry partner. Students are to complete the Industry mandatory pre-placement requirements and submit completion evidence as per the instructions of the specific industry partner by the due date.
Failure to complete mandatory industry partner pre-placement requirements by the due date will result in the practice placement being cancelled. This will result in a fail grade for the unit.
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 externships. 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 https://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/privacy-legislation/state-and-territory-privacy-legislation/privacy-in-the-act
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 – Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri.
- 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
- Privacy statements if required (see above).
- Assignment requirements (first page) see 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.ahpra.gov.au/Notifications/Raise-a-concern/Mandatory-notifications.aspx