Course Information

CAES9720 English for Clinical Pharmacy

Coordinator: Laura WAKELAND


The overall aim of this course is to develop students’ communicative ability in order to enable them to meet the demands of drug information delivery in pharmacy contexts.  The course focuses mainly on common communication genres in drug information, and the effective communication of drug information to different target audiences in different contexts, in oral and written form. Students will learn to apply citation and referencing skills to the compilation of drug information documents based on research and pharmacy-related publications. Students will also learn essential word parts in medical terminology, and apply word knowledge and strategies for learning new terms and their pronunciation. Assessment is entirely by continuous assessment.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Respond to drug enquiries in different contexts by applying correspondence skills, making informed recommendations and pitching language at a suitable level for the audience
  • Disseminate drug information orally through a short PowerPoint presentation, demonstrating audience awareness
  • Recognise medical word elements; analyse, build and define medical terms
  • Apply genre knowledge in writing a comparative drug evaluation, synthesising and properly citing information and evidence from multiple sources in order to provide a basis for recommendations
  • Present secondary research findings interactively through a comparative drug evaluation poster presentation, using graphics effectively and responding to questions naturally and appropriately


  • Learning how to write an email as well as a forum response in the context of a drug enquiry (genre awareness).
  • Practicing how to adjust your language to respond to a drug enquiry from different types of people such as health-care professionals or patients (audience awareness).
  • Working on interactive medical terminology tasks with emphasis on word analysis, word formation, terms used in context and pronunciation strategies (etymology).
  • Learning how to write a drug evaluation article for a pharmacy bulletin (genre awareness).
  • Researching and reading academic research articles and practicing how to paraphrase and how to avoid plagiarism (writing ethics).

Assessment Methods:

(with breakdown of percentage weighting of the various methods)

  • Tests (30%)
  • Oral Presentations (25%)
  • Other genres of writing (45%)