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PHCY254 Physical Pharmacy A

Physicochemical principles and formulation of solution and semi-solid dosage forms.

Paper title Physical Pharmacy A
Paper code PHCY254
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.0950
Points 12 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $745.37
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,467.50

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Limited to
Teaching staff
Dr Shakila Rizwan, Dr Dot Saville and Dr Greg Walker
Paper Structure
36 Lectures
4 Tutorials
3 Laboratories

  • Internal 25%
  • Final 75%: Competency in maths skills test, pharmaceutical calculations test
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures, laboratories and tutorials
Sinko, P. (2006) Martin's Physical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 5th edn, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
Aulton, M. E. (2007) Pharmaceutics: The Design and Manufacture of Medicines, 3rd edn, Churchill Livingston.
Florence, A.T. and Attwood, D. (2011) Physicochemical Principles of Pharmacy, 5th edn, Pharmaceutical Press.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
This paper is intended to bring together aspects of the chemical, physical and biological sciences, with an emphasis on physical chemistry, to provide the basis for pharmaceutical formulation. The laboratories seek to further illustrate some of the fundamental physicochemical concepts underlying the formulation and assessment of various pharmaceutical dosage forms. After successful completion of this paper, the students will have
  • Developed an understanding of bioactives and pharmaceutical dosage forms as chemical entities whose properties are governed by physicochemical principles and an understanding of the importance of formulation technology in the development and assessment of pharmaceutical dosage forms
  • Developed an understanding of the relevance of these principles for the quality use of medicines
The fundamental aspects of pharmaceutical development taught in this paper will allow the students to critically evaluate the properties of pharmaceutical dosage forms.

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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 14, 18-19
Monday 11:00-11:50 9-10, 12, 18-21
Monday 13:00-13:50 14
C1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9, 12-13, 15, 19-20
Wednesday 12:00-12:50 10, 14
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 13
D1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 15, 18-19, 22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 17
Thursday 12:00-12:50 12
Thursday 13:00-13:50 13-14
Thursday 17:00-17:50 11
E1 Friday 10:00-10:50 19
Friday 11:00-11:50 11, 13
Friday 13:00-13:50 11, 14
H1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 18
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 14
I1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 18
J1 Friday 10:00-11:50 14