Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
OfferedParkville First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Angus Johnston


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): 60%; Online Quiz 1 10%: Online Quiz 2 10%: Tutorial assessments: 10%, In Class Formal assessments 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Thirty six 1-hour lectures
  • Eleven 1-hours of tutorials
  • Four 1-hours of computer lab practicals

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