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PC2006 - Dermatology for Pharmacists

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

Available to students enrolled in level 2 of the Bachelor of Pharmacy.

Providing advice about treatment and prevention of common and complex skin conditions is a daily occurrence for a pharmacist, especially in tropical regions. This subject will enable the student to gain a thorough knowledge of the drugs used for treating dermatological complaints, especially those unique to tropical areas and the skills to educate patients about the appropriate use and storage of these agents. An emphasis will be placed on the care of the skin, patient education and prevention.Students will also explore the pharmaceutics of formulations and dosage forms relevant to dermatology and apply these skills in relation to creams, gels, lotions, liposomal preparations, paints and tinctures. The factors affecting the absorption of dermatological preparations will be covered.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply knowledge of the pharmaceutics of formulations and dosage forms used for dermatological conditions and appropriately prepare and store these preparations;
  • counsel and educate patients on the prevention and treatment of dermatological complaints and wound management especially those unique to tropical areas, using the pharmaceutical and medical knowledge gained in this subject;
  • describe the structure, function and care of the skin, scalp, nails, feet and hair;
  • identify common dermatological complaints including tropical skin rashes and skin cancer and provide advice about prevention and treatment.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Prerequisites: All level 1 BPharm subjects


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Professor Beverley Glass
Lecturers: Mrs Gillian Knott, Professor Beverley Glass, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 15 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); assignments (15%); workshops and reports (25%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.