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PHCY210 Introduction to Pharmacy

Introduction to pharmacy as a profession, the fundamentals of law and principles of ethics, hauora Māori, social determinants of health, the health system, patient experiences of illness and treatment, communication.

The paper will also include short observational placements and a period of service learning.

Paper title Introduction to Pharmacy
Paper code PHCY210
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.0950
Points 12 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $775.49
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,750.41

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Limited to
Limited to: BPharm
Professor Pauline Norris (
Teaching staff
To be advised
Paper Structure
  • 23Lectures
  • 12Workshops
  • 4Placements
  • 1Marae visit
  • 20 hours' Service learning
Textbooks are not required.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of this paper students will be able to:
  • Describe the role and contribution of pharmacists in the New Zealand health care environment.
  • Describe how people move through different aspects of the health system and access health services.
  • Recognise how the pharmacy profession relates to te Tiriti o Waitangi principles - partnership, participation and protection.
  • Pronounce te reo Māori correctly; understand common and relevant words; and use them appropriately.
  • Actively participate in cultural practices associated with marae.
  • Recognise, explain and demonstrates ethical principles and values underpinning the profession.
  • Describe experience of the working environments of pharmacists.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 16
Monday 10:00-10:50 10, 21
Monday 11:00-11:50 10, 18
Monday 12:00-12:50 15
Monday 14:00-16:50 9
B1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 11
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 11
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 10, 12
Tuesday 11:00-12:50 9
Tuesday 13:00-15:50 10
C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 15, 22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 20
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 18
Wednesday 11:00-12:50 9
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 21
D1 Thursday 11:00-12:50 9
Thursday 13:00-13:50 20
E1 Friday 12:00-12:50 9-10