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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Angela Calandra


Dermatology is an elective unit offered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice. Students will develop an in depth knowledge of the identification and management of common dermatological problems, especially those encountered in primary care and therefore increase their confidence in dealing with these problems.
Prescribed Text:
Therapeutic Guidelines: Dermatology (Version 3)
Skin Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment 2nd edn. ISBN:0-3230-2753-9

Students are required to have the minimum computer systems requirements as specified by the Faculty and regular internet access.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • understand common morphological terms used in dermatology, and use these terms to describe dermatological lesions.
  • appreciate the differences between vehicles used in the treatment of dermatological conditions and choose an appropriate vehicle to treat skin conditions
  • confidently diagnose and treat common skin infections.
  • understand the underlying pathology of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, rosacea and psoriasis and appreciate the variety of treatment regimes available to treat these skin conditions.
  • Confidently identify (and where applicable treat) a number of miscellaneous skin conditions such as alopecia, hyperhidrosis, disorders of pigmentation and drug induced reactions.


Online discussion (40%), quizzes (40%) and case studies (20%).

Chief examiner(s)

Angela Calandra

Contact hours

Students are expected to allow 10-12 hours per week over the semester in study time.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Pharmacy Dermatology