Presents the pathophysiology of altered health states and their management including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions. Specific conditions covered in this course include dermatological disorders, including dermatitis, psoriasis, fungal, acne and bites. The course considers aspects of pharmacy practice including a systematic review of prescription and non-prescription medications and complementary and alternate medicines, which will address the quality use of medicines in the treatment of these conditions.
The course builds on student's existing knowledge and understanding of the physical pharmacy principles. It provides students with an understanding of how these principles are applied to the preparation of liquid and semi-solid dosage forms used for topical application of medications including creams, ointments, gels, colloids, transdermal preparations and sunscreen formulations. The stability of these drug products and factors influencing the storage and shelf life of products is included in this course.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2021
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Describe the pathophysiology and management of dermatological disorders, including dermatitis, psoriasis, minor skin infections and acne.
2. Describe the quality use of medicines' issues surrounding these therapeutic agents in the treatment of these diseases and continue to develop clinical skills and communication skills in the therapeutic management of these conditions.
3. Develop skills in the use and recommendation of non-prescription medications and advice on non-pharmacological treatment options available in the management of these conditions.
4. Identify the principles of drug stability and discuss pharmacy practice issues relating to storage of topical drug products.
5. Describe the formulation and manufacture of topical dosage forms and sterile drug products including creams, ointments, gels, colloids, transdermal preparations and sunscreen formulations.
- This course will cover the pathophysiology, therapeutic treatment and pharmacy practice issues in the management of:
- Dermatological disorders (including psoriasis; acne; eczema and contact dermatitis; seborrhoeic dermatitis; rosacea; nappy rash; bites and stings; drug induced skin disorders; allergies; photodermatoses including sunburn; minor bacterial, fungal and viral skin infections; burns and wound care).
- The concept of minor illness and major disease will be discussed, including the use of prescription and non-prescription products, including Complementary and Alternate Medicines. Non-pharmacological approaches to the management of these conditions will also be discussed.
- The course covers advanced concepts in formulation development and design of topical preparations including:
- Sterile products, aseptic technique, microbial contamination, spoilage and preservation, principles of sterilisation and storage considerations.
- Topical dosage forms including creams, ointments, gels, colloids and transdermal preparations.
- Sunscreen formulations.
- Concepts relating to ageing of the skin.
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)  program and have successfully completed PHAR1101, PHAR1201, HUBS1403 and HUBS1404.
Formal Examination: Written exam *
In Term Test: Examination Class *
In Term Test: In Term Weekly Quiz
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass a combination of the in-term and formal examination and pass the course overall to be able to pass the course.
- Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must pass a combination of the in-term and formal examination and pass the course overall to be able to pass the course
Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Term Full Term
This will include an in term exam & Revision session
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