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Drug Formulation Science (8341.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Pharmacy


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This unit will introduce the science involved in turning a drug into a medicine. An understanding of the basic physical chemistry for drug design and the formulation of medicines will be developed. Issues involving the scientific and technological aspects of drug discovery will be discussed. The design and manufacturing processes used for different dosage forms and drug delivery systems will also be explored.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain the scientific and technological aspects involved in the formulation of medicines;

2. Discuss the issues involved in the design and manufacture of various dosage forms;

3. Explain potential impediments to the successful production of a useful medicine; and

4. Develop their generic skills and attributes in communication, information and communication technology and problem solving.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Six hours per week


Chemistry 1b

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge gained in unit Chemistry 1a.

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