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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Elective topics in patient-centred care
    Subject Pharmacy
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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.

    The dates and venue for the compulsory in-person workshop for PHCY 521 2024 are as follows:

    • The workshop will be held in the Beaven Lecture Theatre in Christchurch on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd July 2024.
    • The workshop Day 1 on 22nd July will start at 9am and finish at 5pm, and will be followed by a class dinner for those interested (A google form to confirm numbers will be circulated in the next few weeks).
    • The workshop Day 2 on 23rd July will start at 9am and will finish at 3pm. Please book your flights with that finish time in mind.

    The videoconferences for the course will be on Tuesday evenings from 7pm-9pm (NB: They won't be every Tuesday. Exact dates to be confirmed).

    The first videoconference (before the in person workshop) will be on Tuesday 16th July from 7pm-9pm on Zoom.


    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


    Semester 2

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