Module Title:Over the Counter Preparations
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in 36 one hour theory classes and 12 one hour laboratory sessions. Lecturer-led interactions in addition to the discussion of case studies collected by students from their work placements. Students will practice analysing patients needs and conditions through interviews with lecturer and each other during the laboratory sessions.
Module Aim: Student will have a knowledge of OTC preparations, be able to communicate with customer, be able select appropriate treatment options for minor conditions and be aware of when to refer to pharmacist or other appropriate health care professional.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate knowledge of products available without prescription for treatment of common minor conditions
LO2 Understand and practice with the limits of the role of a pharmacy technician
LO3 Identify situations needing referral to pharmacist, doctor or other appropriate health care professional.
LO4 Apply communication skills to retrieve information from client
LO5 Advise on appropriate treatment options, give practical advice to manage conditions, suggest suitable resources to aid patients manage their conditions.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The students will learn about the diagnosing and treatment of customers presenting in pharmacy requesting advice in areas such as Pain Relief, Coughs/Colds, Smoking Cessation, Childhood Illnesses, Nutrition and Dietary supplements, Women’s Health, Oral Conditions, Gastric Conditions, Skin Conditions, Travel Medicine, Abuse of OTC Medicines or similar
The students will develop their communication skills, ability to select appropriate treatment options and be able to assess the need for referral when dealing with customers.
Work Placement
Students will focus on OTC as part of their 200 hours work placement. This will underpin the learning from the theory classes and enhance the skills developed during practical classes. This independent learning is essential for students to develop the core competencies required for pharmacy technicians
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
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
Other Blackboard quizzes, short tests, completion of online learning modules from pharmacy websites such as: and Completion of certain tasks recorded in work placement portfolio 1,2,3 10.00 Ongoing
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Review of case studies and practice consultations 4,5 30.00 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 2 hour exam 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 13.47
Total Hours 250.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Per Semester 1.28
Independent Learning Time Per Semester 8.72
Total Hours 250.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SAPHA_C Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmacy Technician Studies 1 Mandatory
Discussion Note: Most of the independent learning for this module will be completed during the work placement hours in the community pharmacy. It is important to be aware that the calculated independent learning hours are blended into the work placement hours.