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PHCY344 Professional Pharmacy Practice A

Sociological underpinnings of professional practice, including cultural awareness, health/illness, concordance, internationalisation; professional areas of practice including comprehensive pharmaceutical care, specialisation, community, hospital and clinical pharmacy, provision of poisons information.

Paper title Professional Pharmacy Practice A
Paper code PHCY344
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.1000
Points 12 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $800.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,796.00

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Limited to
Admission from successful completion of second-year programme or approved graduate entry.
Teaching staff
Dr James Green, Kate Farquharson, John Fraser, Associate Professor Rhiannon Braund, Professor Pauline Norris, James Windle, Aynsley Peterson, Associate Professor Natalie Medlicott and Associate Professor June Tordoff
Paper Structure
  • Social Pharmacy
  • Drug Information
  • Communication
  • Dispensing Practical classes
  • Internal 60%
  • Final 40%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratories.
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
The overall aim of this paper is to introduce the student to the professional practice of pharmacy. The paper will help the student develop skills in the area of critical thinking, communication and working with colleagues, communication and working with members of the public, information retrieval, evaluation and dissemination and critical appraisal of research proposals and reports. Specifically: by the end of this paper, students should be able to:

Social Pharmacy
  • Understand the process of behaviour change, including interventions to improve the use of medicines on the individual and group level
  • Discuss the factors that are important in influencing patient compliance and the ways in which community pharmacists can improve medication compliance
  • Understand the importance of cultural understandings of health, illness and medicines and the use of traditional and alternative medicine
  • Discuss the different roles and activities of community pharmacists and the factors that have led to the types of pharmacies found in different parts of the world
  • Discuss issues in provision of healthcare and medicines in developing countries
Medicine Information
  • Understand the principles of medicine information, including searching and evaluating the literature
  • Analyse information requests and provide valued and relevant advice on drug therapy
  • Appreciate what is involved in the communication process and its implications for interactions with different types of people
  • Have a greater awareness of self and others' communication through peer and tutor interaction, feedback and evaluation
  • Understand strategies for dealing with difficult interactions, and attempts to use these to present complex information and deal with strong emotions
Dispensing Practical Classes
  • Systematically approach dispensing procedures, including legality and safety of prescription, compounding, labelling, packaging, checking of extemporaneous preparation and communication with patients and prescribers

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
B1 Monday 13:00-13:50 9
Tuesday 08:00-08:50 13, 15
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-10, 12, 18
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 20
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 17, 19
C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 10, 15-16, 22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-10, 12, 16
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10
Wednesday 14:00-15:50 9-10, 12, 16
D1 Thursday 08:00-08:50 18
Thursday 10:00-10:50 22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9, 11
E1 Friday 14:00-14:50 12, 15, 17
Friday 15:00-15:50 17