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PHCY210 Introduction to Pharmacy

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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 0.095
Points 12 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $813.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to

Dr Carla Dillon (
Mr James Windle (

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinators:

Paper Structure

Lectures, Workshops, Placements, Marae visit, Service learning


Textbooks are not required

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of paper, students will have made significant progress towards the following pharmacy programme learning outcomes:

Communication, Collaboration & Research

  • Communicates clinical information and expert scientific knowledge effectively to different audiences.
  • Works collaboratively with persons and intra- and inter-professional teams to provide safe, effective and efficient health care.
  • Reflects on how social/cultural factors related to oneself and others impact communication.
  • Demonstrates competence and confidence in utilising te reo Māori with Māori, whānau, community and identify its role in Māori health advancement.
  • Receives enquiries effectively, gathers appropriate information, applies knowledge of evidence-based literature/ resources, and interprets and critically appraises information to provide an individual answer.

Provision of Care

  • Consults with a person/ whānau to collect demographic, medicine, clinical histories, and to understand their preferences, goals, and practical realities of their life to assist in developing a person-centred care plan.

Population Health

  • Identifies and describes the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in maintaining indigenous health rights for Māori in Aotearoa/New Zealand and in contributing to Māori health advancement.
  • Explains how Māori and other cultures and cultural practises affect health-related behaviour and interactions with the health system.
  • Describes how people move through different aspects of the health system and access health services.
  • Describes factors contributing to and methods to mitigate health disparities.


  • Recognises, explains and demonstrates ethical principles and values underpinning the profession.
  • Demonstrates professional integrity through appropriate professional behaviour.
  • Recognises, describes and complies with legislation and other regulations that are relevant to pharmacy.
  • Describes experiences of the working environments of pharmacists.
  • Describes the place of medicines and the pharmacist within the health system.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 08:00-08:50 15, 22
Monday 10:00-10:50 9, 18, 20-22
Monday 11:00-11:50 13-14, 18-19
Monday 14:00-14:50 9, 11, 13
Monday 15:00-15:50 10
B1 Tuesday 08:00-08:50 15, 21
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 22
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 17, 19, 22
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 13-14
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 20
Tuesday 15:00-15:50 10
C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9
D1 Thursday 13:00-13:50 12
E1 Friday 10:00-10:50 11