Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Ms Angela Calandra

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For more information please contact the faculty at http://monash.edu/pharm/future/contact/




For postgraduate coursework pharmacy discontinuation dates, please see http://www.pharm.monash.edu.au/students/pg-coursework/unit-discontinuation-dates.html


Dermatology is an elective unit offered as part of the Graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice and the Master of 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:
Skin Disease- Diagnosis and Treatment by Thomas P Habif
ISBN 978-0-323-07700-2


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% (hurdle)
Case studies: 20% (hurdle)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in tutorials or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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