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PSCI203 Formulation Principles I

Brings together aspects of the chemical, physical and biological sciences, with an emphasis on physical chemistry, to provide the basis for pharmaceutical formulation.

The paper aims to stimulate in the students a desire for life-long learning on pharmaceutical dosage forms, an indispensable prerequisite for a pharmaceutical professional working in academia or industry.

After completion of the paper, the student 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 liquid dosage forms.

Paper title Formulation Principles I
Paper code PSCI203
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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(CHEM 111 or CHEM 191) and (PHSI 191 or PHSI 132)
PHCY 254

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator:Dr Shakila Rizwan

Associate Professor Greg Walker

Professor Natalie Medlicott

Associate Professor Arlene McDowell

Paper Structure

PSCI203 will be taught through lectures, laboratories and workshops/tutorials covering four Modules:

  1. Introduction to pharmaceutical dosage forms
  2. One phase systems
  3. Multiphase systems
  4. Formulation considerations for liquid dosage forms


  1. Aulton's Pharmaceutics: The Design and Manufacture of Medicines by Kevin Taylor and Michael Aulton
  2. Martin's Physical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences by Patrick J Sinko
Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  1. Identify and determine the relevant physicochemical factors pertaining to the formulation of drugs as liquid dosage forms.
  2. Incorporate this knowledge in the formulation and assessment of liquid dosage forms.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22
Tuesday 08:00-08:50 10, 12, 14, 18-19, 21
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9, 11, 13, 17, 20, 22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 16-20, 22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 18-19, 21


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 14:00-15:50 9, 11, 13, 16-17, 20