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PHCY342 Drug Delivery Systems

Physiological considerations and physicochemical principles underlying drug delivery and delivery system design, particularly related to parenteral, oral, transdermal, pulmonary, ocular, nasal, buccal and rectal routes and formulations.

Paper title Drug Delivery Systems
Paper code PHCY342
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.1000
Points 12 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $800.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,796.00

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Limited to
Paper Structure
33 lectures
5 laboratories
1 tutorial

  • Internal 20%
  • Final 80%
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, laboratories and tutorials.
Aulton M.E. (2007) Pharmaceutics: The Science of Dosage Form Design, 3rd edn, Churchill Livingston Elsevier.

Florence A.T. & Attwood D. (2006) Physicochemical Principles of Pharmacy, 4th edn, Pharmaceutical Press.

Sinko P. (2006) Martin's Physical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 5th edn, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Perrie Y. & Rades T. (2010) Pharmaceutics - Drug Delivery and Targeting, Pharmaceutical Press, London.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Explain how the chemical structure and physical properties of a bioactive can influence absorption following administration via the various routes
  • Determine how a delivery system can be formulated to enable control and optimise delivery of bioactives
  • Understand the different requirements for delivery of small and macromolecular bioactives
  • Appreciate the application and limitations of the various routes of drug delivery and drug delivery systems
  • Integrate the knowledge acquired in the various science-based papers taught in the second year of the curriculum (Biopharmaceutical Chemistry A and B, Physical Pharmacy A and B, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Physiology)
  • Continue to develop analytical laboratory skills
  • Communicate knowledge in an appropriate scientific manner
Admission from successful completion of second-year programme or approved graduate entry
Teaching staff
Dr Arlene McDowell, Dr Shyamal Das and Dr Greg Walker

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9
Monday 12:00-12:50 18
Monday 13:00-13:50 22
B1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 11, 15
Tuesday 13:00-13:50 13
C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 11-12, 19-20
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 13, 21
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 9, 16
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 16
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 12
D1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-10, 12, 15, 17-21
Thursday 11:00-11:50 10, 13, 15, 17, 19
E1 Friday 11:00-11:50 21
Friday 14:00-14:50 9-10
H1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 22
Wednesday 09:00-10:50 18
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 20
Wednesday 15:00-15:50 16