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MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 2

Unit code PHAR63012
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 compulsory unit will develop students’ knowledge in complex chronic disease states. Students will apply this knowledge to review patients and optimise their therapy through a series of case study and wiki exercises. 

The unit will deliver learning on:

  • therapeutic options for complex disease states including vascular disease, kidney and complex gastroenterology/hepatic disease, musculoskeletal disorders (eg rheumatoid arthritis and biologics) and chronic mental health disorders (schizophrenia and bipolar);
  • critical evaluation of primary evidence and national guidelines relating these to the individual patient needs;
  • medicines optimisation issues including patient safety and wastage of medicines, which will include relevant national policy and guidelines;
  • patient-centred care including patient and healthcare professional communication and consultation skills.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Foundations of Clinical Pharmacy PHAR63001 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Evidence Based Practice PHAR63002 Co-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to:

  • further develop the knowledge and skills required to engage in medicines optimisation and apply clinical problem solving skills to complex chronic disease states.


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).


Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of specific disease states and the complex issues involved in therapeutic optimisation and individualising care for patients with these diseases.
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of best clinical practice and its application to clinical practice and pharmaceutical care of patients with specific disease states.

Intellectual skills

  • Integrate theory and research of disease pathology and disease management with patient information to apply best evidence to practice in a clinical problem-solving context.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the relevant scientific literature in therapeutics.
  • Use critical reasoning to synthesise, analyse and evaluate primary and secondary sources of data from clinical areas and apply these to individual patient problem-solving.

Practical skills

  • Safely and competently carry out a range of patient-based clinical skills.
  • Use resources to collect and select information about the optimal clinical management of a patient.
  • Develop presentation skills.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Manage effective team working by carrying out tasks within a small group in a structured situation, and by preparing and giving an oral presentation.
  • Evaluate their own academic and personal progression.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Written assignment (inc essay) 20%

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
Caroline Templeton Unit coordinator

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