MPharm Pharmacy with a Foundation Year

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
The Patient (Year 4): Preparing for Clinical Practice

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHAR40300
Credit rating 30
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
The Medicine (Year 3) - Drug Development Process 2 PHAR30100 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Patient (Year 3): Pathology, Pharmacology &Therapeutics 2 PHAR30300 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Pharmacist (Year 4): Preparation for Professional Practice PHAR40202 Co-Requisite Compulsory
The Medicine (Year 1) PHAR10100 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Pharmacist (Year 1) PHAR10200 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Patient (Year 1): Introduction to Human Biology PHAR10300 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Public (Year 1): Public Health Microbiology PHAR10400 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Medicine (Year 2) PHAR20100 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Pharmacist (Year 2): Law and Professional Practice PHAR20200 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Patient (Year 2): Pathology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics 1 PHAR20300 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Public (Year 2): Infectious Disease & Prophylaxis/Treatment in Public Health PHAR20400 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
The Pharmacist (Year 3): Developing Professional Practice PHAR30200 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Advanced Pharmaceutical Sciences PHAR40101 Co-Requisite Compulsory
The Patient (Year 4): Preparing for Clinical Practice PHAR40300 Co-Requisite Compulsory
Integrated Professional Practice (Part 1) PHAR10500 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Yr 2 Integrated Prof Practice PHAR20500 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Yr 3 Integrated Prof Practice PHAR30700 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


Develop students’ core knowledge and problem solving skills relating to patient and medication safety, clinical applications of pharmacogenetics and pharmaceutical care.


Learning outcomes

This unit builds on skills and knowledge gained in the previous 3 years of the MPharm curriculum. The unit is designed to prepare the student for the practice of pharmacy in their pre-registration year and beyond.  During the course, the student will gain new knowledge in pharmaceutical care, pharmacogenetics, patient care, and management of complex patients.  Workshops will allow the student to develop competencies and skills in communication, team work, decision making, and pharmaceutical planning in a safe environment.  This is the top of the spiral curriculum where the knowledge and concepts learned in the previous years of study are put into practice so that the student will leave the MPharm programme competent to begin practice as a pre-registration pharmacist in the community, primary care or hospital setting.  The unit uses both individual and group-based learning.


Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars

Interactive workshops

e-learning package (genetics)

Role-play / simulation of clinical skills

Oral presentations

Knowledge and understanding

Use a systematic approach to problem solving within pharmaceutical care

Describe ways in which the pharmacist can contribute to the quality of patient care and improve patient outcomes.






Intellectual skills

Access, use & critically evaluate evidence to support safe, rational & cost effective use of medicines

Recommend, monitor and modify prescribed treatment to  optimise health outcomes, in collaboration with the prescriber and patient

Apply principles of evidence-based practice to address actual and potential problems with individual patients’ therapy and advice on appropriate drug therapy.




Practical skills

Instruct patients in the safe and effective use of their medicines and devices

Record accurate and relevant patient medical and social history

Prepare and present pharmaceutical reviews (PR)






Transferable skills and personal qualities

Prepare and present pharmaceutical care plans (PCP)

Work effectively within teams

Engage in inter-professional and clinical simulations to improve employment prospects and further develop team-working and communication skills

Assessment methods

Formative assessment will be provided throughout the workshop sessions to ensure the students are learning and developing competency skills as required for practice.  There will be a mock OSCE examination in week 10 and a mock MCQ examination in week 6 of semester 2

Summative Assessment

Component 1 – 15 credits

Pharmaceutical Review Group Report and Presentation: 25% (pass mark = 40%)

Preparation for Practice (MCQ) Exam: 

25%   (pass mark = 40%)

Component 2 – 15 credits

Pharmaceutical Care Plan (PCP) presentations:

25% each for a total of 50% (pass mark = 40%)

Component 3 – 0 credits

Clinical Skills OSCE exam:

0%     (pass/fail)

Students must pass each component to pass the unit.

Note: the PCP and OSCE assessments make use of penalties for errors or omissions which have the potential to cause significant patient harm.  The mark awarded for a resit attempt of the PCP exam is capped at 40%.

Feedback methods

Feedback will be provided in the workshop sessions via peers and staff. Weekly PCP student-prepared model answers will be commented upon by staff and shared on Blackboard. OSCE workshops will use peer and staff feedback.


Recommended reading

Will be provided on Blackboard on the reading list for the course

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Practical classes & workshops 65
Independent study hours
Independent study 168

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Esnath Magola-Makina Unit coordinator
Douglas Steinke Unit coordinator

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