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HEAL-105 Drug Calculations

Syllabus or Course Description

Please print out this course description and read it before proceeding with the course.

Dr. Bernadette Sandruck
HR 300  (Hickory Ridge)
By appointment
(443) 518-4934

Course Description

Students will develop skill in the metric, apothecary and household systems of measurement.  Drug calculation problems will provide the student with the opportunity to practice conversions between systems.  Students will perform the computations necessary to administer medications in liquid, tablet, and capsule form.


MATH-060 or appropriate score on the Math and Reading Placement Test

Comment: Students who have only completed MATH-060 will find the online format very difficult.

Course Objectives

After completing this course you will be able to

  • Use the metric, apothecary and household systems of measurement.
  • Convert from one system to another.
  • Perform the computations necessary to administer reconstituted medications and oral medications in liquid, tablet or capsule form.
  • Perform the computations necessary to administer injections and I.V. s
  • Determine how much liquid is needed to dissolve dry powders so that he proper amount of the drug is administered.
Required Texts and Materials

Scientific Calculator with fraction key [a b/c]  Although calculators are permitted in this course, EMT students should practice doing calculations without a calculator in order to prepare for their licensing exams.

Student Packet – download file

Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Course Format
  • This class is not self-paced. Deadlines will be provided for each assignment and for completing tests and quizzes.  This is a 7 week class.
  • This class does not have required on-campus meetings, but tests must be taken at the test center.
  • The course material is sequential. You will need to memorize the conversions listed on the conversion chart during the first week of class. Weekly on-line quizzes will help you gauge whether you understand the material. There is a specific timeline for the completion of each quiz in this class.
  • Students should download the packet materials for each lesson.  Unit 1 materials will be turned in to the test center when you take the midterm exam.  Unit 2 materials will be turned in to the test center when you take the final exam.  Late assignments will receive only 50% of the credit. 
  • There will be a one week interval where the midterm and final exam will be available at the test center.  Students not taking the exams during this time frame will receive a zero.  There are no make-up exams.  Since correct answers are critical in dosage calculations, no partial credit is given on the exams.
  • Some of the types of learning activities or assignments that the student will be required to complete are:
  • Review the sample problems in the lessons and in the textbook.
  • Use the CD to view example problems and to complete practice problems.
  • Download practice pages; complete the assignment; turn in the entire unit at the test center.
  • Questions on the packet problems will be discussed using the bulletin board.  Students are expected to share solution tips with each other through the bulletin board.
  • The calendar will list due dates for lessons, quizzes and exams.  As mentioned above, worksheets and homework will be turned in at the test center when you take the midterm and final exam.
  • There will be two exams and 5 on-line quizzes.
Required Viewers, Plug-ins, or Players

Visit the Distance Learning homepage and use the link provided in the “Support for Registered Students” area link to download plug-ins The following plug-ins are required for this class:

  • Acrobat Viewer
  • Excel Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Excel
  • Flash
  • Internet Explorer
  • Java installed and enabled
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • QuickTime
  • Real Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word
Class Communications: What to Expect from Your Instructor
  • All email/voice messages will be acknowledged that they were received within 24 hrs during the business week.
  • Alternative forms of contact, such as phone calls and face-to-face meetings will be available by appointment.
  • Faxes may be sent to me at 443-518-4401
  • Exams will be graded within one week.
Grading Procedures

Grades will be determined by your scores on the following learning activities:

On-line quizzes

15 %


10 %

Contribution to Discussion on the Bulletin Board

5 %

Midterm Exam

30 %

Final Exam

40 %

NOTE: Students must complete all required assignments as outlined in order to pass the course.

  • All assignments should be completed by the dates shown in the class syllabus and calendar.  Quizzes and Tests must be completed by the deadlines.
  • Weekly participation is required in this class. *

Discussion Assignments

You are required to participate in the Bulletin Board Discussion prior to the Midterm and Final Exams.  Additional questions may be posted there during the semester as needed.


Since this is only a one credit class, there is a midterm and a cumulative final exam.  These exams must be taken at the test center during the scheduled week.  There are no make-ups and no partial credit.  Students may use a calculator, but you must memorize the conversions.

Course Policies

Student Responsibility

Students are responsible for keeping the instructor informed in the event of emergencies or unusual circumstances leading to extended absence from class participation. See the phone no. at the top of this syllabus.

Completing an online mathematics course is challenging.  Complete the Diagnostic Test of Arithmetic on page 3 of the textbook.  If you have any difficulty, you should consider taking a face-to-face section of this course.

Extra Help

Drop-in Tutoring is available in the Walk-in Lab in the Hickory Ridge Building. 

Monday – Thursday  HR230  9 am – 8 pm

Friday  HR230  9 am – 1 pm

Saturday  HR326  9 am – 4 pm

Weekly Tutoring can be scheduled with the Learning Assistance Center located in the library.

What to Do If You Need Help

About the Course

If you have questions about your course (assignments, due dates, problems completing assignments, how to submit assignment or navigate the Canvas course site, etc.), you should contact me by email or by phone. The HCC Help Desk cannot answer questions about specific course content.

Help in Canvas

Canvas has a built-in Help that can be accessed from any page in your course. Look for the Help link at the top of each page.

Difficulty Logging on to Canvas:

If you are having difficulty logging on to Canvas and you know it is not a result of problems with your Internet Service Provider or your browser, contact:
Help Desk: General Information or this form to request help.

Student Computer Support now staffs a help desk. Students and faculty may call 443-518-4444  between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.  Friday to report problems. After hours, students and faculty may leave a message at the same number. Student Computer Support staff will handle the problem or direct it to the correct person to handle.

When leaving a message, be sure to leave your name, the course you are enrolled in, your course instructor's name, your phone number, your e-mail address, and a description of the problem. Be sure to speak slowly so staff can easily take down your message.

Updated: 21-Jul-08                                  Howard Community College

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