PHM101 Introduction to Pharmacy (8)

This subject is an introduction to the pharmacy profession and the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists in the Australian health care system. The regulatory framework governing pharmacists and their practice is explored through authentic examples of pharmacy practice. The subject introduces core pharmacy skills for supply and management of medicines and utilisation of evidence based health information, and provides a foundation for developing effective written and oral communication.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHM101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Medical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • discuss the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists in the Australian healthcare system;
  • identify and discuss the impact of instruments which inform the regulatory framework of pharmacy practice;
  • discuss the impact of effective communication with patients, pharmacy colleagues, and other health professionals;
  • describe requirements for prescriptions and perform basic pharmaceutical calculations; and
  • locate, evaluate and utilise evidence based health and medicines information.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The role of the pharmacist in the health care team and as a primary health care provider;
  • Introduction to the professional pharmacy environment: competency standards; registration and professional expectations of practice; professional practice standards and guidelines, codes of practice; ethical practice; professional organisations; the pharmacy workforce;
  • Legislation relevant to the practice of pharmacy and medicines handling;
  • Supply of medicines - prescription and non-prescription medicines (classification, scheduling); legal requirements; prescription requirements (type, language); calculation of formulae and doses; compounding; utilising standard pharmaceutical references;
  • Patient factors influencing the provision of effective health and medicines management;
  • Communication skills development (oral and written); suitability of communication for audience; and
  • Academic skills - locating, evaluating and using evidence based health and medicines information.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHM101 in Session 1 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Workplace learning quiz
Ethics test
Workplace learning preparation online modules
Pharmacy practice test
Wpl workbook
Wpl essay
Calculations online test
Final examination

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 2 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The workplace learning is an observational experience in a community pharmacy. It is intended to facilitate understanding of the role of pharmacists and pharmacy practice, and observation and reflection on interactions between staff and clients in the pharmacy.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory workplace learning placements are responsible for all associated travel, accommodation and required resources.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.