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PHCY521 Elective topics in patient-centred care

This paper continues the direction of clinical decision making for therapeutics with a choice of elective topics covered in two modules. Students can choose one elective topic per module.

Paper title Elective topics in patient-centred care
Paper code PHCY521
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
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PHCY 520
PHCY 523
Limited to

Associate Professor Alesha Smith

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Alesha Smith

Paper Structure

The paper consists of a single module that covers a single therapeutic area for the whole semester. Students can choose one of the available therapeutic areas. The availability of therapeutic areas will depend on availability of specialised teaching staff and student demand.

All therapeutic areas will follow a modular component and run over the same duration of time. While the content and clinical assessment skills will differ between areas, the generic learning activities and learning outcomes, for example communication skills, care planning and decision-making skills will be consistent developed and evaluated across therapeutic areas.

Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is a combination of remote and in-person teaching.

Residential Workshop (compulsory): Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July 2022, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Location to be announced.

Video conferences: 7:00pm to 9:00pm every 2 weeks on Tuesday evenings.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  1. Incorporate therapeutic decision-making into care planning
  2. Use a patient-centred approach to care planning
  3. Be reflective on their approach to practise
  4. Evaluate benefit: risk assessment in clinical practice

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system