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|Description - |
|An introduction to the use of pharmaceutical measuring systems with emphasis on the metric system and intersystem conversions. Intended for students in the Pharmacy Technician Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- utilize Roman numerals
- perform basic mathematical functions as needed for dosage calculations
- understand the systems of measurement used in dosage calculations
- perform conversions between and within the measurement systems used in dosage calculations.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|College Library with generalized and specialized references. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Expression of Arabic Numbers 1-1000 in Roman numerals for use in prescription processing. (Lec)
- Conversion of Roman and Arabic Numerals.
- Basic mathematical functions (Lec)
- Functions of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers.
- Functions of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.
- Functions of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.
- Conversion of fractions, decimals, and ratios.
- Solving equations, utilizing fractions and decimals.
- System of measurements (Lec)
- Units of measurement and abbreviations of the metric system.
- Units of measurement and abbreviations of the apothecary system.
- Units of measurement and abbreviations of the household system.
- Units of measurement and abbreviations of Milliequivalents, Units and International Units.
- Calculating and converting equivalents (Lec)
- apothecary, metric and household systems
- utilizing exact and approximate equivalents
- Relationship between Avoirdupois system and other systems.
- Converting temperatures between Celsius and Fahrenheit.
- Temperature requirements for stability of dosage forms.
- Measuring time using the traditional and the 24 hour clock
|Methods of Evaluation - |
|The following evaluation methods may be used but are not limited to: |
- Objective exams
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Gloria D.Pickar and Amy Pikar Abernethy. Dosage Calculations. Ninth Edition. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning, 2013. |
|Disciplines - |
|Pharmacy Technology |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture presentations and classroom discussion regarding topics.
- Small group recitation sessions to discuss concepts.
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Weekly reading assignments from text ranging from 15 to 25 pages per week with written practice problems.