Pharmacy Practice A (PHAR5518)


This unit of study (UoS) is the first of three integrated UoS (Pharmacy Practice A, B and C) that will be completed during the MPharm program. It introduces students to therapeutics of selected disease states, including those which are managed directly by the pharmacist as a primary care provider, together with foundational skills and knowledge which equip students for clinical decision-making and problem-solving. The place of pharmacy within the Australian health care system is explored, and basic principles of management are also included. Lectures are supported by tutorial and case-based workshops, which allow students to practice and apply skills and knowledge. Themes of evidence based practice, drug information, pharmacoepidemiology, ethics, clinical interventions and communication skills run throughout. Learning gained in this unit prepares students for clinical placements, and later Pharmacy Practice units, which will build on both the skills and clinical topics covered in this unit.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


3 x lectures/wk and 2 x 2hr workshops/wk


Tutorial contribution (30%), exams (oral and written) (70%)


Therapeutic Guidelines, Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd, North Melbourne, Vic. (latest editions)
Australian Medicines Handbook, Rossi S (ed), 2011
Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics (4th edn), Walker R, Whittlesea C (eds), 2007

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

3 credit points of Statistics, 12 credit points of Pharmacology, 12 credit points of Physiology. Students who have not completed up to 12 credit points of prerequisite subjects are strongly advised to take the corresponding Bridging Course (offered in February, July and as a distance course at other times of the year)


PCOL5001 and PHAR5513 and PHAR5515 and PHAR5516 and PHAR5517

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.