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PA10310: Preparing for professional practice 1

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 34%, ES 16%, EX 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • CPBOOTS (CW 6%)
  • CPETHICS (CW 6%)
  • ESSAY (ES 16%)
  • EXAM (EX 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this module you must take PA10306 AND take PA10307 AND take PA10308 AND take PA10309
Description: Aims:
To introduce the student pharmacist to the profession, and the responsibilities of professional practice.
To enable the student pharmacist to have an appreciation of graduate outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), and to start developing a continuing professional development (CPD) e-portfolio to enable to student pharmacist to demonstrate these outcomes upon eventual graduation.
To introduce the student pharmacist to methods of individual and group learning and assessment, including library and e-resources.
To introduce the student pharmacist to pharmaceutical legislation relevant to the safe dispensing of medicines.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the unit the student pharmacist should be able to:
* Reflect on personal CPD needs and have started to maintain a learning portfolio to support graduate outcomes required by the General Pharmaceutical Council;
* Have an awareness of the professional responsibilities of the pharmacist, and the roles of pharmacy supporting staff
* Organise effective notes;
* Demonstrate use of library and appropriate computing facilities in the University to research and to write essays and laboratory reports in a scientific style;
* Be able to perform pharmaceutical calculations calculate basic statistical distributions and summarise data;
* Demonstrate the ability to work effectively within a team
* Be able to communicate and counsel patients on OTC medication and the use of different pharmaceutical dosage forms;
* Have a knowledge of current pharmaceutical legislation sufficient to be able to screen NHS and private prescriptions for legality and enable dispensing.

Scientific and practical skills (T/F/A) Study skills, handling information, working with others (T/F) Problem solving (T/F/A).


* Introduction to problem-based learning
* Effective note-taking
* Study skills digital literacy
* Referencing and plagiarism
* Academic & professional communication skills
* Healthcare professional Values and Behaviours
* Orientation to the pharmacy profession by expert speakers from all professional sectors
* Professionalism & pharmacy
* Models of Healthcare Delivery: Global healthcare, NHS policy and structure
* GPhC Standards and regulation
* The role of the pharmacist and support staff and MDT
* Demonstrating competence and CPD
* Reflective Practice
* e-portfolios
* Governance and patient safety
* Introduction to ethics, judgement, reasoning and decision making
* Leadership & team working
* Pharmaceutical calculations, statistical concepts for pharmacy
* Introduction to evidence based medicine
* Information sources - using the BNF
* Equality and diversity
* Consent and confidentiality
* Introduction to pharmaceutical legislation
* The Medicines Act 1968 & Human Medicines Regulations 2012
* Labelling of medicines
* Patient medication records, data protection & IT in pharmacy
* Introduction to dispensing and checking
* Patient safety and error reduction
* Introduction to non-medical prescribing
* Compliance, adherence and concordance
* Responding to symptoms
* Practice-based learning.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PA10310 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • USPA-AFM03 : MPharm(Hons) Pharmacy (Year 1)
  • USPA-AKM03 : MPharm(Hons) Pharmacy with integrated pre-registration year (Year 1)