Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
3 hours lecture.3 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 36 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Certificate of Achievement,   AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 12/11/09; 11/15/12;11/13

1. 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 technology program.
Prerequisite: MATH 220 or equivalent.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. utilize Roman numerals
  2. perform basic mathematical functions as needed for dosage calculations
  3. understand the systems of measurement used in dosage calculations
  4. perform conversions between and within the measurement systems used in dosage calculations.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
College Library with generalized and specialized references.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Expression of Arabic Numbers 1-1000 in Roman numerals for use in prescription processing. (Lec)
    1. Conversion of Roman and Arabic Numerals.
  2. Basic mathematical functions (Lec)
    1. Functions of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers.
    2. Functions of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions.
    3. Functions of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.
    4. Conversion of fractions, decimals, and ratios.
    5. Solving equations, utilizing fractions and decimals.
  3. System of measurements (Lec)
    1. Units of measurement and abbreviations of the metric system.
    2. Units of measurement and abbreviations of the apothecary system.
    3. Units of measurement and abbreviations of the household system.
    4. Units of measurement and abbreviations of Milliequivalents, Units and International Units.
  4. Calculating and converting equivalents (Lec)
    1. apothecary, metric and household systems
    2. utilizing exact and approximate equivalents
    3. Relationship between Avoirdupois system and other systems.
    4. Converting temperatures between Celsius and Fahrenheit.
      1. Temperature requirements for stability of dosage forms.
    5. Measuring time using the traditional and the 24 hour clock
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
The following evaluation methods may be used but are not limited to:
  1. Objective exams
  2. Quizzes
7. Representative Text(s) -
Gloria D.Pickar and Amy Pikar Abernethy. Dosage Calculations. Ninth Edition. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning, 2013.

8. Disciplines -
Pharmacy Technology
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion regarding topics.
  2. Small group recitation sessions to discuss concepts.
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly reading assignments from text ranging from 15 to 25 pages per week with written practice problems.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is required core course for the A.S. degree and Certificate of Achievement in the Pharmacy Technician Program.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-20 15:42:08

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines