Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Morton


To provide students with the basic mathematical skills in the context of a Pharmaceutical Science background, to enable them to perform calculations and understand the quantitative relationships in subjects taught later in the course.

This involves:

  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Basic statistical skills


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

  1. Be able to make calculations such as dilutions accurately.
  2. Be able to present data graphically and to interpret the shapes of graphs.
  3. To be able to use functions involving logarithms and exponents.
  4. To understand the process of differentiation and integration and to be able to perform these processes by a number of techniques.
  5. To be able to quantify the relationship between variables using such techniques as regression and correlation.
  6. Describe the statistical principles behind significance testing of experimental data.
  7. Analyse statistically experimental data and determine statistical significance.
  8. Appreciate the importance of statistics in pharmaceutical sciences.


Final exam (2 hour): 80%; online assessments: 20%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Daniel Tokarev

Contact hours

32 hours of lectures; 8 hours of tutorials

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