Module Title: Pharmacy Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The subject will be taught in three, one-hour lectures and one, one-hour practical class per week. Theory classes will be used to outline factual information to students. This will be developed, discussed and applied to practice both within the theory classes and practical sessions. Assignments and continuous assessment will allow students to develop their knowledge and expertise in all areas. Lecturer-led interactions and discussion of assignments will show the students the application of material. Practical classes will afford opportunities to learn practical skills such as inhaler technique and BMI [body mass index] assessment. Students will also be provided with structured opportunities to learn from each others' experience of pharmacy practice. Practical classes will
Module Aim: Pharmacy practice provides a link between science based subjects and the workplace. Students will develop their knowledge and experience of pharmacy practice, gained through work placement and gain further knowledge, skills and competencies required to function effectively in both hospital and community pharmacy.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Function competently as a pharmacy technician in both hospital and community pharmacy.
LO2 Explain the rationale behind and apply the requirements of the Pharmacy Act 2007 to the pharmacy environment.
LO3 Provide effective health education and health promotion services in a pharmacy environment
LO4 Evaluate and meet the specialised needs of specific patient groups.
LO5 Describe factors contributing to medication safety and the role of a pharmacy technician therein.
LO6 Outline regulatory requirements for the supply of veterinary medicines and describe basic financial functions of a pharmacy practice
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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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 1 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Overview of pharmacy legislation with particular focus on the Pharmacy Act 2007, and its recurrent themes. Focusing on patient safety and the importance of assessing risk and standardizing pharmacy activities/procedures.
Hospital pharmacy: provide an overview of the organization and activities undertaken in a hospital pharmacy, focusing on: ward top-ups, supply of non-stock items, clozapine dispensing.
Medication safety: An overview of factors impacting on medication safety, including but not limited to: patient factors, medication-specific factors, environmental/systems factors, including human factors. The role of a pharmacy technician in medication safety.
Health education and health promotion: Factors influencing health and health-related behaviours. Communication strategies to facilitate health-related behaviour change. Information on risks associated with certain behaviours and benefits of change.
Specialised services: Point of care testing, vaccination services, supply of ostomy products and graduated compression stockings, pharmacy services for older patients including residential care units and delivery services.
Veterinary medicines: outline the legislation relevant to the sale and supply of veterinary medicines.
Basic pharmacy finance: To include but not limited to: Cash management, KPIs, pharmacy purchasing.
Case studies will be used in practical workshops to develop and embed the skills being taught in theory classes and this will be further developed through a large amount of independent practices of skills.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Students will undertake a number of tasks which encourage them to expand their knowledge, skills and competencies, link module content to their existing knowledge of pharmacy practice and identify opportunities to apply module content in their future practice as pharmacy technicians. In line with UDL [Universal Design for Learning] principles, students will be given opportunities to present work in a variety of formats, e.g. written work, posters and video or screen recording. 1,2,3,4,5,6 70.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Analysis of case studies relating to a variety of aspects of pharmacy practice, which encourage the student to link module content to their existing knowledge and understanding Assessment of practical skills: e.g. Inhaler technique, Peak flow measurement, BMI assessment, measurement for graduated compression stockings, pharmaceutical calculations, dispensing veterinary prescriptions. 1,2,3,4,5,6 30.00 Sem 2 End
No End of Module Formal Examination

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 Every Week 3.00
Laboratory Every Week 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 13.47
Total Hours 206.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SAPHA_C Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmacy Technician Studies 4 Mandatory