PGC5113 - Dermatology - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Angela Calandra


Ms Angela Calandra

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Unit guides






Previously coded PGP5013


Students completing this unit will develop an in depth knowledge of the identification and management of common dermatological problems. The focus of the unit is to provide care based on the principles of quality use of medicines to patients in both hospital and community settings.

Prescribed Text:

Skin Disease - Diagnosis and Treatment by Thomas P Habif, 4th edition, ISBN 978-0-323-44222-0


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

  1. Describe dermatological conditions using appropriate morphological terms to peers or patients.
  2. Propose a differential diagnosis of common skin conditions given visual and symptomatic criteria.
  3. Formulate an evidence-based treatment plan for common skin conditions.
  4. Synthesise information from current research regarding the efficacy of treatments used in dermatology.
  5. Reflect on learning and performance to formulate ongoing professional practice development regarding dermatological knowledge.


Online discussion forum: 50%

Learning portfolio: 10% (hurdle)

Quizzes: 10% (hurdle)

Assignments: 30% (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 online discussion boards or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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