Pharmville at Monash Pharmacy School
Monash Pharmacy School Pharmville
Everyone’s heard of Farmville, the addictive farming video game that leans slightly toward annoying—for everyone who receives the innumerable invitations to join the farming community.
In contrast, the fictional “Pharmville” community at Monash University depicts real people and problems—no bothersome invites here! Pharmville is a curriculum resource platform that provides a contextual foundation for Monash Pharmacy School’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) program.
While a fictional community, Pharmville is a teaching tool that depicts people with real problems to provide context and integration throughout the undergraduate pharmacy program.
Each Pharmville character has a distinct social and cultural background, lifestyle and medical history. Faculty staff across all disciplines can use Pharmville for context to engage students in science and professional practice concepts, explicitly linking theory to authentic situations, involving people, families and communities.
The resource platform includes video vignettes, character photographs, drug structure images, documented health profiles, and medical and social histories that reflect the diversity of a typical Melbourne suburb.
Pharmville was developed in response to recognition that some students undervalued the need for sciences in the curriculum and had difficulty integrating knowledge between disciplines in the course. It encourages and supports the application of coursework theory to people, and gives greater context to teaching.
About Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) Program
Monash University’s Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) program produces graduates with a sound knowledge and understanding of the science, technology and practice behind pharmacy as a profession. It comprises four major areas of study: medicinal chemistry (the chemistry of drugs); pharmacology (the action of drugs); pharmaceutics (the presentation and delivery of drugs); and pharmacy practice (the application of all these to the professional practice of pharmacy).
Program: Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged by Monash University to submit their Bachelor of Pharmacy applications before the end of September for the February intake.