MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Evidence Based Practice

Unit code PHAR63002
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 unit will provide students with a baseline skillset to be able to locate, analyse and utilise healthcare literature. The unit will combine e-lectures, reading and a journal club to develop these skills.

Students will take a patient-centred approach to applying critical reasoning, analysis and evaluation of primary and secondary sources of data from clinical and health services areas; this will promote problem-solving and wider policy decision-making skills. 

During the unit, students will utilise library databases available (Medline, EMBASE, etc) using a systematic approach:

  • calculate risk measures from a study synopsis or data;
  • apply ethical implications of prescribing;
  • apply evidence based medicine;
  • be able to review an article and present the critical evaluation in report form.

The unit will be assessed by MCQ examination, critical evaluation of a study and participation in online discussions.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 2 PHAR63012 Co-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to:

  • enable students to evaluate the healthcare literature and understand the types of studies used to evaluate prescribing, medication utilisation and clinical outcomes;
  • support students in analysing and using information to effectively manage medicines in practice.


Teaching and learning methods

This course unit is delivered online using Blackboard 9. All learning material is presented in week by week folders to help students manage their time.

Each week will contain four main elements:

  • background reflective tasks;
  • learning in the form of an e-lecture, embedded video or webinar;
  • further reading;
  • a task to consolidate learning (eg completion of coursework, formative quiz or participation in a group discussion).

Throughout this course unit, self-test questions are embedded in the e-lectures for students to test their understanding of the material.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of statistical and ethical issues in clinical and health services research.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual and critical understanding of medicines management methods in use in health care and pharmaceutical care.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically analyse and evaluate the relevant scientific literature in therapeutics, practice research, medicines management, health economics, health-related social sciences and health policy.
  • Use critical reasoning to synthesise, analyse and evaluate primary and secondary sources of data from clinical and health services areas and apply these to individual patient problem-solving and wider policy decision-making.

Practical skills

  • Analyse qualitative and quantitative data to determine their strength and validity.
  • Present primary and secondary clinical and health services data in written forms.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Manage effective team working by carrying out tasks within a small group and by preparing and presenting data, information or the solution to a team task.
  • Manage change effectively and respond to changing demands.
  • Evaluate their own academic and personal progression.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Written assignment (inc essay) 50%

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 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Douglas Steinke Unit coordinator

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