MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Education and Training

Unit code PHAR60431
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This unit will promote the student’s skills and behaviours required to advance their own, and their teams’ professional development.

The principles of teaching and learning will be explored with particular reference to the development of the pharmacy team; this will include the evaluation of educational interventions and their application.

The process of assessment and feedback and the skills required to deliver quality teaching sessions and meet learning objectives will be explored, with the student being encouraged to design and deliver appropriate teaching sessions within their workplace.

Models of behaviour will be discussed and the impact of personality types on team dynamics and learning.

Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their own personality types and learning styles and those of their team.

The unit will be assessed through an extended CPD reflective report and a teaching and learning portfolio.

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

Discuss the key skills and behaviours required for the roles of mentor, coach and tutor.

Evaluate educational interventions and their use in pharmacy practice.

Develop teaching plans using a variety of educational methods.

Discuss the use of assessment methods and their application to pharmacy practice.

Demonstrate their ability to provide feedback to learners.

The unit is assessed using submission of a teaching portfolio and a reflective account of educational practice, for both the online and blended options.

 

Aims

Develop the skills required for the development of people and teams, including coaching and mentoring skills and introduce the students to the concepts of educational theories for the purpose of teaching healthcare teams.

 

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate conceptual and critical understanding of educational issues in healthcare
  • Describe the key skills and behaviours required for the roles of mentor, coach and tutor
  • Discuss the use of assessment methods and their application to pharmacy practice
  • Identify with key learning theories and their implication for clinical education
  • Discuss and demonstrate teaching methods, evaluation of teaching, and assessment methods

 

Teaching and learning methods

Online Option:

This course unit is delivered online using Blackboard 10. All learning material is presented in week by week folders to help students manage their time. The course unit is split into four themes (theory, methods, assessment, evaluation & feedback) that each span three weeks of learning. Each theme will contain four main learning elements; background reflective tasks, learning in the form of an e-lecture, embedded video or webinar, further reading and finally tasks to consolidate learning (e.g. completion of portfolio items or participation in a group discussion).

The unit will promote the student’s skills and behaviours required to advance their own, and their teams’ professional development.

The principles of teaching and learning will be explored with particular reference to the development of the pharmacy team; this will include the evaluation of educational interventions and their application.

The process of assessment and feedback and the skills required to deliver quality teaching sessions and meet learning objectives will be explored, with the student being encouraged to design and deliver appropriate teaching sessions within their workplace.

Models of behaviour will be discussed and the impact of personality types on team dynamics and learning.

Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their own personality types and learning styles and those of their team.

The on-line and face to face workshops and tutorials included in the course allow students the opportunities to broaden knowledge and provide the opportunity for group discussion.  They also provide an opportunity to develop the student’s communication and consultation skills.

 

Blended Option:

The unit will be delivered using a blended learning approach providing students with a structured on-line learning programme, as outlined above, complemented by two study days. The study days will consist of application workshops delivered by expert specialists, thus providing the students a unique learning experience.

 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically analyse and evaluate the relevant educational literature
  • Evaluate educational interventions and their use in pharmacy practice

 

Intellectual skills

  • Carry out constructive peer review
  • Develop teaching plans using a variety of educational methods
  • Demonstrate their ability to provide feedback to learners
  • Demonstrate teaching others

Practical skills

  • Evaluate their own academic and personal progression
  • Engage in reflective practice to drive further learning
  • Learn effectively for the purpose of continuing professional development and in a wider context throughout their career including identifying competency against a professional competency framework 

Assessment methods

Assessment task

Length

How and when feedback is provided

Weighting within unit (if relevant)

 

Reflective account of educational practice

 

1000 words

Performance descriptors provided 15 days after submission via Grademark, with individualised feedback in Blackboard

20%

Teaching Portfolio

 

2000 words total

Performance descriptors provided at end of semester examination board via Grademark, with individualised feedback in Blackboard

80%

 

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Andrew Mawdsley Unit coordinator

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