With their unique design, each professional-practice suite (PPS) aids hands-on teaching of contemporary, primary-care subjects. The environment is especially conducive to interactive and multimedia-based learning.
In contrast to traditional laboratory settings, each PPS can adapt to changing teaching styles and emphasis.
The two teaching areas each have computer-equipped work spaces for 60 students, eight consulting suites with video-recording capability and two social learning spaces for small informal group work. Used together or separately, these elements give the suites the capacity to accommodate 80 or more students.
The flexibility of the PPS space allows emerging professional practices to be taught as they develop. Because of this ability, a new pharmacy practice education model has emerged, underpinned by a three-point base of pedagogy-driven curriculum development, thoughtful space design and appropriate teaching technology.
The $1.8 million PPS facility is the latest addition to a range of space, technology and curriculum initiatives that the faculty has implemented.
Bachelor of Pharmacy course director, Associate Professor Jennifer Marriott, developed the PPS concept after observing teaching spaces in pharmacy schools overseas.
A key feature of our professional practice suites is the eight consulting suites, which allow student collaboration in small, group exercises.
The consulting suites are designed to help students develop better communication and patient interaction skills. They are set up to practice extended patient-care roles, such as blood-pressure management, in a discrete environment.
Video cameras in each suite can record student interactions. The cameras support student and teacher needs, allowing students to review and learn from their counselling performances and teachers to refer to past activities for education and assessment purposes.