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    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 student a desire for life-long learning in the area of design and formulation of 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 pharmaceutical dosage forms 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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Formulation Principles I
    Subject Pharmaceutical Science
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (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 Hughes

    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
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

    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.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 13
    Monday 11:00-11:50 9-12, 16-19, 21-22
    Tuesday 08:00-08:50 10, 12, 15, 18-19
    Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9, 11, 13, 17, 20, 22
    Wednesday 14:00-14:50 17
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 15, 18-19, 21


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-13:50 13
    Friday 14:00-15:50 9, 11, 16-17, 20
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