Concept mapping to evaluate an undergraduate pharmacy curriculum

Noble, Christy, O'Brien, Mia, Coombes, Ian, Shaw, P. Nicholas and Nissen, Lisa (2011) Concept mapping to evaluate an undergraduate pharmacy curriculum. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 75 3: 1-11.

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Author Noble, Christy
O'Brien, Mia
Coombes, Ian
Shaw, P. Nicholas
Nissen, Lisa
Title Concept mapping to evaluate an undergraduate pharmacy curriculum
Journal name American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0002-9459
Publication date 2011-05-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 75
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Columbia, SC, U.S.A.
Publisher American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives. To explore a pharmacy school curriculum for opportunities for student engagement and to determine how these might shape student identity as pharmacists.

Methods. The learning aims and objectives and methods of assessment from the curriculum of a bachelor of pharmacy (BPharm) program were collected and a concept map was generated. The concept map was interpreted using Barnett and Coates’ curricular domains of knowing, acting and being.

Results. The key concepts within the intended curriculum that were identified from the concept map were drugs, pharmacy, understanding, practice, and skills. Concepts such as patient and consumer, which would indicate a patient-centered approach to the curriculum, were limited. The main form of assessment used in the curriculum was multiple-choice and short-answer examinations.

Conclusion. There was an emphasis in the curriculum on student acquisition of knowledge and this was reinforced by the use of theoretical examinations. The content of the curriculum was drug-centered rather than patient-centered and the emergence of students’ identity as pharmacists may be fragmented as a result.
Keyword Curriculum
Curriculum research
Bachelor of pharmacy degree
Concept map
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article 55.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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