Module Title:Pharmaceutical Calculations and Computing
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in one theory class and one computer lab practical, each of one hour duration, per week. Relevant examples, notes and problem sheets will be available on Blackboard which students will complete to re-enforce learning. Delivery of the computing module will involve individual and group practical exercises. With lecturer support and guidance, students will work through sections of a Computer Assisted Learning package (CAL) for mathematics.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to give students a thorough grounding in the mathematics required for the successful understanding and solution of pharmaceutical problems and to provide them with the computer literacy required for the pharmacy environment.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Solve basic, scientific and pharmaceutical problems.
LO2 Describe the main features of a computer system.
LO3 Contribute as an effective team member to successful completion of a group project using ICT tools to represent, share, and present information on a scientific topic.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Section 1
Basic Calculations: Numeracy, Pharmacy Operation & Business Math.
Section 2
Scientific Calculations: Logarithms and pH values. Scientific notation and significant figures. Accuracy and Error.
Section 3
Measurement and Conversions: Measurement systems. Ratio and proportion. Conversions – intersystem, intrasystem and temperature.
Section 4
Percentage Calculations: Strengths, Dilutions and Alligations.
Section 5
Dosage Calculations: Oral, Parenteral, Paediatric and BSA dosage calculations.
Practical 1
Mathematics Support Software
Practical 2
Information & Communications Technology: ICT Theory. Referencing, Document Sharing, Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentations.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination In-class assessments 1,2 30.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical assessments, team project work and presentations. 2,3 20.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Two hour exam 1,2 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 1.33
Total Hours 100.00