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MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Leadership and Management

Unit code PHAR62261
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


This practical unit will introduce students to core strategic and organisational behaviour principles and tools. It focuses on an identified work-based public health priority area, allowing the student to develop a business and marketing plan.

Throughout this unit, students will explore their personal leadership and management skills in the context of designing and marketing a public health service.

The student will be required to present their proposal to their peers within the cohort, write an executive summary of their proposal and present a strategic and marketing plan on the public health area of their choice.

The delivery of the unit will promote the social construction of knowledge within the cohort, with peer review contributing to their summative assessment. 



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Introduction to Pharmacy Public Health Services PHAR62221 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to produce graduates with:

  • a practical understanding of leadership and management principles;
  • a working knowledge of fundamental strategic business tools;
  • the opportunity to create a strategic business and marketing plan for the delivery of a community pharmacy public health service;
  • an ability to identify their own personal development needs and demonstrate innovative thought and vision, enabling them to work at the forefront of their profession.


Teaching and learning methods

All learning and teaching processes for this programme will be delivered through e-learning resources based around Blackboard version 9. These include:

  • webinars
  • e-lectures
  • leadership video series
  • discussion forums
  • e-learning modules
  • student presentations
  • group work
  • self-directed learning
  • peer review.


Knowledge and understanding

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced and practical understanding of the theories, concepts and models of leadership, management and marketing;
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of strategic business tools and external audit principles, namely SWOT analysis and matrix, PESTLE and Five Forces analysis;
  • understand the complex issues surrounding the implementation of a new community pharmacy public health service.

Intellectual skills

  • Apply leadership and management theory to their workplace in a problem-solving context.
  • Critically evaluate management resources and business tools with respect to their current workplace environment.
  • Use critical reflection to review progress.

Practical skills

  • Construct a management and leadership style self-assessment and personal development plan.
  • Competently carry out an internal and external audit of their workplace environment.
  • Present a proposal to their peers on delivering a community pharmacy public health service.
  • Produce an executive summary of their proposed service.
  • Create a strategic business and marketing plan for the delivery of a community pharmacy public health service.
  • Carry out constructive peer review.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Take personal responsibility for their own development and identify areas to develop leadership and management skills.
  • Demonstrate innovative problem-solving skills specific to the context of their workplace.
  • Participate in constructive peer review.
  • Critically analyse the key concepts and frameworks of leadership, management and marketing and apply them to the workplace.
  • Develop an awareness of the impact of their own leadership behaviour and use this as the basis for developing their professional competences.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%
Oral assessment/presentation 25%
Practical skills assessment 25%

Feedback methods

Provisional marks and feedback for coursework returned within 15 working days.

Exam marks and final marks returned after ratification at exam board. 

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Emma Wright Unit coordinator

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