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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 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (29 June 2020 - 23 October 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,857.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,363.00

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PHCY 520
PHCY 523
Limited to

Prof Steve Duffull

Teaching staff

Prof Steve Duffull

Paper Structure

The paper consists of two modules. Both modules are identical in their structure and differ only in the elective therapeutic area that the student chooses. The availability of therapeutic areas will depend on availability of specialised teaching staff. In each module the student can choose 1 therapeutic area (from a list of up to four therapeutic areas).

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

One compulsory 2-day weekend workshop (March) and 6 video conferences (usually 2 hours in duration).


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

By the end of this paper, students will be able to:

  1. Apply therapeutic clinical decision-making into care planning
  2. Demonstrate a patient-centred approach to care planning
  3. Demonstrate a reflective approach to practice.
  4. Apply benefit: risk assessment in clinical practice.

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1st Non standard period (29 June 2020 - 23 October 2020)

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