PHM215 Pharmacy Practice 1 (8)

This subject commences the detailed study of issues that underpin professional pharmacy practice in both a community and hospital setting. It will include extemporaneous dispensing and will relate those skills to the physicochemical principles studied in pharmaceutics. The subject will include a development of the communication, sociological and ethical issues that were introduced earlier, as well as a detailed examination of the regulatory, legislative and occupational health and safety framework within which Pharmacists must practise.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHM215. 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

Restricted to students enrolled in Bachelor of Pharmacy course



Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to accurately and safely compound extemporaneous products and document their manufacture
  • be able to discuss the impact of regulatory and legislative frameworks on pharmacy practice
  • be able to discuss the impact of sociological and ethical factors on health outcomes
  • be able to discuss the impact of and apply different communication techniques used in counselling
  • be able to differentially diagnose common self-limiting disease states and offer appropriate management
  • be able to reflect on and discuss the importance of interprofessional collaboration in the pharmacy context


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The theory and practise of safe and accurate extemporaneous dispensing
  • Professional practice: legislation, regulation and ethics
  • Common over the counter medications and related conditions
  • Social determinants of health and their impact on patient health outcomes
  • Communication and patient counselling.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHM215 in Session 2 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 %
Pre-tutorial/practical mini-test
Calculation mastery exam
Dee reflective essay
Dispensing proficiency practical exam
Final exam

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 2 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The workplace learning that occurs is based on observations and interviews with staff at allied health facilities which interact with pharmacists to develop an understanding of the benefits and challenges of interprofessional collaboration. It will also give students the space to reflect on the skills they may need to develop to make the most of interprofessional collaborations in their future.

Special Resources

Students will be required to travel to the WPL site. Students may also be required to arrange accomodation and need to be made aware of the associated costs. Students are required to hold a first aid certificate and will need to obtain a criminal record clearance.

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.