Module Title:Regulations and Dispensing
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered in Semester 2 as two x 1 hour lectures per week and one x 2 hour practical per week. Mock prescriptions will be dispensed by students. Different types of prescriptions will be assessed for compliance with legislation and appropriateness for patients. Using the pharmacy computer systems will allow students to simulate day-to-day tasks in community pharmacy. Students will prepare claims for submission to HSE and PCRS Teaching and learning will also take place in the placement pharmacy under the supervision of the pharmacist. Tasks completed during placement hours which are included in Work Placement portfolio will form part of the assessment strategy.
Module Aim: Students will have gained the knowledge, skills and competencies required to work in a dispensary under the supervision of a pharmacist and will understand the different health schemes and forensic regulations related to pharmacy. They will be able to control stock levels in pharmacy and deal with deliveries of stock and relevant paperwork.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Determine the validity, clarity, completeness and authenticity of the prescription and resolve concerns in collaboration with the pharmacist
LO2 Recognise situations that fall beyond the scope of practice of pharmacy technicians and refer these situations to the pharmacist while also accepting responsibility for referrals from the pharmacist
LO3 Dispense and label medication, understand the use of medication, side effects, dose, interactions and be able to advise patient accordingly
LO4 Understand the different health schemes and supply prescriptions accordingly, be able to submit claims to PCRS for processing and monitor payments received
LO5 Select appropriate products by applying knowledge of brand and generic names, dosages, and dosage forms, maintain appropriate stock levels and storage conditions.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theory
Students will learn about the theory behind: Pharmaceutical Terminology, Dispensing Prescriptions and Health Schemes, Dispensary Stock, Classification and Storage of Medicines, Pharmacy Legislation, Pharmacy Records, Dispensing of medicines, Dispensary errors, Month End Routines and related paperwork
Practical
The knowledge gained in lectures will be applied in practical classes where students will learn how to dispense prescriptions, keep records in accordance with legislation, submit claims to the PCRS in a specially designed mocked up pharmacy available in house.
Work Placement
Students will focus on Regulations and Dispensing as part of their 200 hours placement. This will underpin the learning from the theory classes and enhance the skills developed during practical classes. This independent learning is essential to ensure that students develop the core competencies required for pharmacy technicians.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/Ca and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Dispensing of mock prescriptions, completion of PCRS application forms, review of claims submission process, setting up new dispensary, receipt and processing of orders using at least two pharmacy software packages. Blackboard quizzes 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 End-of-Semester
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Assignment may take the form of Dispensing of mock prescriptions, completion of PCRS application forms, review of claims submission process, setting up new dispensary, receipt and processing of orders using at least two pharmacy software packages. 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 Sem 1 End
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Examination 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 12.67
Total Hours 250.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Per Semester 1.28
Laboratory Per Semester 0.32
Independent Learning Time Per Semester 8.40
Total Hours 250.00
 
Discussion Note: Most of the independent learning for this module will be completed during work placement hours in the community pharmacy. It is important to be aware that the calculated independent learning hours are blended into work placement hours.